Ordinary people on TV

Photo: David Hurst'Willpower youth Theatre members, Xander Rundle and Bethany Thompson who are playing brother and sister in the forthcoming Jason Manford television series, Ordinary Lives
Photo: David Hurst'Willpower youth Theatre members, Xander Rundle and Bethany Thompson who are playing brother and sister in the forthcoming Jason Manford television series, Ordinary Lives

TWO Wigan youngsters were seen in the small screen this week.

Bethany Thompson, 14, and Xander Rundle, 11, who both attend Standish High School, were cast in the first episode of Ordinary Lies, which was aired on BBC last Tuesday evening.

Martin Offiah with his son Tyler on Big Star Little Star

Martin Offiah with his son Tyler on Big Star Little Star

The duo played brother and sister Jake and Jessie, whose dad was played by comedian Jason Manford.

Bethany said; “I played Jason Manford’s daughter, Jessie, and he was paranoid and I had to get annoyed with him and just basically act as his daughter around the house.

“It was really weird watching myself on TV but it was really good. I enjoyed meeting the cast. I met Jason Manford as I filmed scenes with him, as well as Erin Shanagher, who played my mum.

“I saw ex-Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay but I didn’t get to speak to her,”

Ordinary Lies is a dark thriller with comedic undertones, following the lives of an ordinary group of colleagues and friends as their seemingly small lies spiral out of control.

The six-part series, which also features EastEnders actress Jo Joyner, former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan and Max Beesley, will continue on BBC on Tuesdays at 9pm.

On the other channel, ITV, viewers can catch former Wigan Warriors legend Martin Offiah and ex-Latics and I’m a celebrity star Jimmy Bullard compete with their children on Big Star’s Little Star on Wednesday March 25 at 8pm. Martin is joined by his eight-year-old son Tyler and Jimmy was helped by son Archie, also eight.