From a chance sighting of a teenage streetwalker in Leeds inspiring the gritty 1990s drama Band of Gold to her experiences at a weight-loss club resulting in the 2000 hit Fat Friends, writer Kay Mellor’s dramas strike a chord because the subject matter is always based on real life experiences. And Love, Lies & Records is no exception….
‘When I was waiting to register the death of my mother at Leeds town hall, I was next to a couple waiting to register the birth of their baby girl,’ says Kay, who visited register offices during her research.
‘I later attended the wedding of some friends and I realised that the register office was a microcosm of life itself. As I sat watching the registrars marry my friends, I started to wonder about their lives and how they dealt with the rollercoaster of emotions that they go through on a daily basis. I thought, “This is the absolute sharp end and hub of life”.’