‘Liar’ is a British thriller, drama, and mystery television series that airs on the ITV and SundanceTV. It first premiered on September 11, 2017, and has been created by Harry Williams and Jack Williams. The series follows Laura Neilson and Andrew Earlham, whose initial attraction leads to a date, that has far-reaching consequences for the couple and their families and friends, as secrets and lies are revealed.
Thrillers, if well crafted, always serves to be crowd pullers, and this show is no exception. People are always interested in knowing what other people might do, and it is the mystery behind a person’s actions or the motivations for their actions that drives the plot of a good thriller. The very best of thrillers are as much driven by intriguing characters as they are by the events that happen to unfurl.
Alternately, thrillers also follow the formula of surprising incidents taking place in the lives of ordinary people. In this regard, one only needs to look at the master of thrillers itself, Alfred Hitchcock. Over several films like ‘Rear Window‘, ‘North by Northwest‘, and ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, the maestro has shown time and again how even the most ordinary of people can be placed in extraordinary circumstances to make for a gripping tale. Such is the case in this show, as the people are rather ordinary and go out on a date, not realizing the far-reaching consequences that are set in motion due to this. Naturally, the show has a strong fan following and critics too have lauded the pacing of the story and the performances from the protagonists.
Liar Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Liar’ includes is led by Froggatt as Laura Nielson, a dedicated and smart teacher who has recently become single. Ioan Gruffudd of ‘Fantastic Four‘ fame appears as Andrew Earlham, a renowned surgeon. Gruffudd’s son Luke happens to be a pupil at Laura’s school. Zoe Tapper is seen in the role of Katy Sutcliffe, Laura’s older sister who works with Andrew at the hospital. Warren Brown appears as PC Tom Bailey, Laura’s ex-boyfriend who is having an affair with her sister, Katy. Richie Campbell is seen playing the role of Liam Sutcliffe, Katy’s husband who has no clue about her infidelity. Jamie Flatters appears as Luke Earlham, Andrew’s son, whom we mentioned. Shelley Conn is seen as DI Vanessa Harmon and Danny Webb as DS Rory Maxwell. They investigate Laura’s accusations of rape.
The main cast members are expected to return for the season 2, and they will be joined by some new characters, including Katherine Kelly of ‘The Night Manager‘ fame, who will appear in the role of DI Karen Renton, Howard Charles of ‘The Widow’ fame appears as Carl Peterson, and Amy Nuttall of ‘Downton Abbey‘ is seen as Winnie Peterson. Not much is known about the other characters at the moment. However, the network’s head of drama commented, “We’re delighted both Joanne and Ioan are returning to Liar as Laura and Andrew with Katherine Kelly joining the cast as DI Karen Renton.”
Liar Plot: What is it about?
Just when it looked like ‘Liar’ was wrapping up and serial rapist Andrew Earlham was headed for prison, the ITV drama delivered one final surprise. (Spoilers ahead!) In the final moments we saw Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) half-submerged in the muddy marshes, his throat slashed and blood on his shirt. So who killed him? Season 2 will seek to answer this as Andrew’s life is investigated with a fine tooth comb. It remains to be seen if any other skeletons tumble out of his closet and if one of his past misdeeds finally caught up to him and led to his demise.
The show comes from the mind of the duo that made ‘The Missing’ and ‘One of Us’ and both of these are known for their twists. This series too pans out like that. When an innocuous date ends with Laura not remembering what happened, and feeling pain and sickness, she believes that Andrew raped her. An elaborate game of he said, she said begins and characters are called into question.
One must note that in a post #MeToo society, the content of this show is extremely topical and relevant. Collider sums up the show’s core succinctly when it says, “Liar is a series that hinges on twists and surprises, none of which I will spoil. But though the show starts out as unveiling other lies and webs of deceit around Laura and Andrew as that crime is investigated, it suddenly pivots and reveals the truth, at which point the show takes on an entirely different tenor. It’s also here that it starts to lose its sense of self (and its sense), throwing in ancillary plotlines and dropping seemingly important arcs.” Despite this, the show keeps us hooked.
In season 2, we fully expect to see the mystery unravel even further, and now that a can of worms has been opened, there is no going back for anyone. Notably, the series touches briefly upon how social media plays a role in cases like these, and it would be a good thread to explore in the upcoming season, considering the rise of an alternate social media justice system in cases of sexual assault and harassment.
Liar Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Liar’ Season 1 premiered on September 11, 2017. The show was renewed for a second season on January 13, 2018. The success of the first season had made it obvious that the show will be renewed. “‘Liar’ is a series that epitomizes our strategy of partnering with absolutely first-rate talent, and it does not get better than our dream cast of Joanne and Ioan, along with the esteemed and talented Jack and Harry Williams,” said Jan Diedrichsen, general manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now.
The second season will conclude the series, as indicated by the creators of the show. “We are pleased that this story will return for its final chapter, and we can’t wait to be reunited with the brilliant Joanne and Ioan,” Jack and Harry Williams said. No date has been set for the premiere of ‘Liar’ Season 2, but it will most likely air sometime in October, 2019. However, do stay tuned for an official update on the release date.
While we wait for season 2 trailer, you can check out the trailer for Season 1 below.
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