Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan has signed up to appear alongside Max Beesley (Mad Dogs), Mackenzie Crook (The Office) and Jo Joyner (EastEnders) in new BBC1 drama Ordinary Lies.

Michelle’s first screen appearance since her Coronation Street character Tina was shoved to her death from a rooftop in June, the series will centre around the secrets, lies and relationships in the office of a motor showroom, where ‘desperation can lead to drastic solutions, even in the most everyday of workplaces’.

With Mount Pleasant’s Sally Lindsay and comedian Jason Manford completing the cast, the former soap star will play young party girl and wannabe WAG Tracy, who works on reception but dreams of a life of luxury.

Writer Danny Brocklehurst, who also created forthcoming BBC1 drama The Driver, said: “I’m delighted to have attracted such an amazing cast to Ordinary Lies. This is a show I’m truly passionate about and it’s a dream come true to be making such a bold series for BBC1. Red Production Company has a track record of making brilliant, powerful, life affirming drama and I hope Ordinary Lies continues that trend.”

Producer Tom Sherry added: “Ordinary Lies is full of gripping suspense as well as dark humour and should have audiences shouting at the screen ‘don’t do it!’ yet also laughing along with them. Danny’s writing is so clever because all the characters feel like friends and you can’t help but root for them despite their sometimes ludicrous choices.

“We are making a drama with great ambition both in scale and look which is reflected in the wonderful talent that will lead the cast and the skilful directors that will bring Danny’s vision to life.”

Ordinary Lies is due to screen on BBC1 in 2015.