Liar (TV series)

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Created by
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Harry Williams
  • Jack Williams
  • James Strong
Producer(s)Eliza Mellor
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Two Brothers Pictures
Original networkITV
Picture format2:1
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 September 2017 (2017-09-11) –
present (present)
External links

Liar is a British thriller television series created by Harry and Jack Williams for ITV. The series stars Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd as two people whose initial attraction leads to far-reaching consequences for them and their friends and families. The series premiered on ITV on 11 September 2017, with the first series concluding on 16 October 2017. on 27 September 2017. Upon its debut, it received positive reviews, with many critics praising the performances of Froggatt and Gruffudd. The programme was renewed for a second series set to premiere in 2019.


Laura Nielson, a smart and capable teacher in the middle of a breakup, is set up on a date with recently widowed surgeon Andrew Earlham. However, the day after it is apparent that something has gone wrong, and the subsequent fallout rapidly spirals out of control, exposing the power of truth, deception and trust.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Joanne Froggatt as Laura Nielson, a smart and dedicated teacher who is newly single.[1]
  • Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Earlham, a renowned surgeon whose son, Luke, is a pupil at Laura's school.[1]
  • Zoe Tapper as Katy Sutcliffe, Laura's older sister who works with Andrew at the local hospital.
  • Warren Brown as PC Tom Bailey, Laura's ex-boyfriend who is having an affair with her sister, Katy.
  • Richie Campbell as Liam Sutcliffe, Katy's unsuspecting husband and father of her two children.
  • Jamie Flatters as Luke Earlham, Andrew's son who is a pupil in Laura's class.
  • Shelley Conn as DI Vanessa Harmon, a Thanet & Dover Police detective who investigates Laura's allegation of rape.
  • Danny Webb as DS Rory Maxwell, a Thanet & Dover Police detective and second in command to Vanessa Harmon.


Liar was announced on 15 April 2016 as the first full production from Two Brothers Pictures.[2] On 30 September 2016, the miniseries was commissioned by American cable network SundanceTV and British commercial broadcaster ITV.[3] Commercial broadcasters TF1[4] and Seven have also ordered the series.[5] Filming for the series began in London and Kent in November 2016.[1] The marshes were filmed in Tollesbury, Essex. The seashore was filmed at Deal, Kingsdown, and Walmer. Some inner town sequences in Brockley, Nunhead, Shortlands (Episode 3), South Ealing, and Edinburgh (Episode 4)[6][7]. As well as filming in the seaside town of Deal, Kent, filming was also carried out in Walpole Bay, Margate, Kent. [8]

After the first series concluded on 16 October 2017, it was announced that the programme would be returning for a second series. The second series, set to film and premiere in 2019, will focus on a whodunit storyline involving the cliffhanger of the first series' finale. Froggatt and Gruffudd are both set to return.[9]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [10]
1"The Date"James StrongHarry Williams & Jack Williams11 September 2017 (2017-09-11)8.86
2"I Know You're Lying"James StrongHarry Williams & Jack Williams18 September 2017 (2017-09-18)8.50
3"White Rabbit"James StrongHarry Williams & Jack Williams25 September 2017 (2017-09-25)8.87
4"Catherine"Samuel DonovanHarry Williams & Jack Williams2 October 2017 (2017-10-02)8.82
5"Check Mate"Samuel DonovanHarry Williams & Jack Williams9 October 2017 (2017-10-09)9.03
6"The Marshes"Samuel DonovanHarry Williams & Jack Williams16 October 2017 (2017-10-16)9.49


The series premiered on ITV on 11 September 2017 at 9pm, in exactly the same slot that the Two Brothers Pictures series Rellik premiered on BBC One.[11] It premiered on SundanceTV on 27 September 2017.[12] The series was acquired in Australia by the Seven Network and in New Zealand by TVNZ.[13]

U.S. ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
1 "The Date" 27 September 2017 0.03 0.121 [14]
2 "I Know You're Lying" 4 October 2017 0.01 0.084 [15]
3 "White Rabbit" 11 October 2017 0.02 0.093 [16]
4 "Catherine" 18 October 2017 0.01 0.100 [17]
5 "Check Mate" 25 October 2017 0.01 0.097 [18]
6 "The Marshes" 1 November 2017 TBD TBD [19]


  1. ^ a b c d Petski, Denise (30 September 2016). "Joanne Froggatt & Ioan Gruffudd To Star In 'Liar' For Sundance TV & ITV".
  2. ^ Barraclough, Leo (15 April 2016). "'The Missing' Writers Harry and Jack Williams Unveil Thriller 'Liar'". Variety.
  3. ^ Holloway, Daniel (30 September 2016). "Sundance TV, ITV Partner for 'Liar' Starring Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd". Variety.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (28 March 2017). "Joanne Froggatt Thriller 'Liar' Picked Up by France's TF1". Variety.
  5. ^ Knox, David (20 June 2017). "Seven picks up UK drama Liar". TV Tonight.
  6. ^ "Where is Liar filmed? The Deal and Kingsdown Kent filming locations for the ITV drama series revealed". 16 October 2017.
  7. ^ Moon, Ra. "Filming locations and pictures". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Liar Article".
  9. ^ Meechan, Lauren (17 October 2017). "Liar season 2: Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd WILL return for another series". Express. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. The viewer figures take into account total live viewing in SD and HD, and +1 figures, and are viewed under ITV Total (Incl. +1).
  11. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (19 June 2017). "Downton's Joanne Froggatt is a serious schoolteacher in first-look image from ITV thriller Liar". Radio Times.
  12. ^ Hale, Mike (26 September 2017). "Review: A 'Downton Abbey' Star in Peril Again in SundanceTV's 'Liar'". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  13. ^ "UK drama Liar with Joanne Froggatt coming to Seven". Mediaweek. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  14. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.27.2017 - Showbuzz Daily".
  15. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.4.2017 - Showbuzz Daily".
  16. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.11.2017 - Showbuzz Daily".
  17. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.18.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  18. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.25.2017 - Showbuzz Daily". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  19. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.1.2017 - Showbuzz Daily".

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