Channel Seven today announced that hit UK drama, LIAR, will premiere in Australia on Monday 30 October at 8.45pm.
The six-part series, which stars Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and BAFTA’s Sian Phillips Award recipient Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), was created, written and executive produced by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated producers and screenwriters, Harry and Jack Williams of Two Brothers Pictures (The Missing).
LIAR introduces Laura Nielson (Froggatt) a smart and dedicated teacher, and Andrew Earlham (Gruffudd), a renowned surgeon whose son is a student at Laura’s school. After a seemingly innocent date, a series of volatile accusations turn their lives upside down. Secrets and lies slowly unravel in a tense and gripping thriller where everyone is lying in some way until the truth ultimately reveals itself.
LIAR captivated audiences in the UK where it is ITV’s highest rating new drama of the year. Off the back of the nail-biting finale there this week, ITV announced the commissioning of a second series.
Seven’s Director of Programming, Angus Ross, is thrilled to bring the provocative hit to Australian audiences.
“Liar doesn’t shy away from exploring a powerful subject,” he said. “The journey towards the truth is full of twists and surprises and viewers will be kept on the edge of their seats as the series unfolds.” Here is what critics around the world have had to say about LIAR: “The performances are cast iron and the drama grips from the word go” The Times “Intriguing psychological thriller that will really set you thinking” The Observer “Gripping psychosexual intrigue… makes Fatal Attraction look mellow” TV Guide “Controversial drama looks set to divide the nation” The Sun “New drama sparks huge debate over rape allegations” Daily Mail “This series provides no easy answers, and that’s what makes it truly special” TV Guide “Will immediately have you hooked” Vulture “The two main performances are both astonishing” AV Club “Fiendishly gripping drama makes you want to find out the truth” The Telegraph “Fierily thought-provoking drama will keep you glued” Event “Brilliant” Newsweek
So, I don’t see the point of mentioning a US drama that did well several years ago. It seems that the output (or first look) deal that Seven has with ITV hasn’t been delivering dramas that rate any better than US ones, so I don’t know why they are persisting.