New ITV thriller is “coming soon” to Ch 7.

A teacher and a surgeon are rocked by scandalous accusations after they enjoy a seemingly innocent date

Stars Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggat.

Will probably be promoted during the remainder of the AFL Finals and air thereafter.

Looks really good, should rate well (at least on debut).


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


Problem is season 2 does not air until 2019. Long wait for viewers.

It doesn’t seem that these UK dramas are doing very well for Seven. I don’t expect much from this either.

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It’s always hard to replicate the ratings success of Downton Abbey.

Revenge was a hit.

Liar is more a mystery-thriller/drama isn’t it?

Not a period drama like Downton.

That was not British though.


Yes, I know that.

Does it really matter?

Yes. It does when the discussion is about other British shows replicating the success of Downton Abbey.


Okay, well hopefully my point came across still.

No - I said

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.

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I know, but Liar and Downton aren’t exactly like-for-like.

I didn’t compare Liar to Downton Abbey. I was thinking of something that flopped a little more recently - Little Boy Blue.

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Fair enough.

Are the ITV dramas, that are distributed by ITV, on BBC First the ones that Seven has passed on?

Season 1 is streaming again on 7plus. I think the second season (which aired on ITV in March-April this year) won’t be too far away.

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It’s disappointing it’s taken so long, wouldn’t be surprised if viewers have lost interest by the time it arrives. I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it, ended on a massive cliffhanger too.

Wasn’t this way back in 2017 and before Ioan Gruffudd did the Aussie show on the ABC?

As posted in Seven Network schedules thread, season 2 premieres this Sunday night (July 26) after Between Two Worlds.

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This show took forever to get S2 to air, feels like an eternity ago, wasn’t it 2017? Ruined any chance of getting an audience to return.

Which is a shame because it was really good and finished on a cliffhanger. But I know it’s going to rate terribly and be bumped around the schedules.


After next week, Between Two Worlds will playout in double episodes.

That means for anyone following Season 2 of Liar the schedule is

Sunday 9 August
11:00 PM Liar Episode 3

Sunday 16 August
11:30 PM Liar Episode 4

Sunday 23 August
11:30 PM Liar Episode 5

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