The Beautiful Lie (TV series)

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The Beautiful Lie
Written byAlice Bell
Jonathan Gavin
Blake Ayshford
Directed byGlendyn Ivin
Peter Salmon
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)John Edwards
Imogen Banks
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Endemol Australia
Original networkABC
Original release18 October –
22 November 2015

The Beautiful Lie is an Australian television drama that airs on ABC. The six-part series is a contemporary re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel Anna Karenina.[1] It is directed by Glendyn Ivin and Peter Salmon and produced by Endemol Australia's John Edwards and Imogen Banks.[2] It premiered on Sunday 18 October 2015 at 8:30pm.[3] Screenwriter Alice Bell made the decision to turn Anna and Xander into sports stars to heighten the transgressiveness of a wife leaving her husband.[4]


Supporting Cast[edit]


Series 1 (2015)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date Runtime Viewership
11"Episode 1"Glendyn IvinAlice Bell18 October 2015 (2015-10-18)55 mins0.54[5]
22"Episode 2"Glendyn IvinAlice Bell25 October 2015 (2015-10-25)54 mins0.435[6]
33"Episode 3"Glendyn IvinJonathan Gavin1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)58 mins0.381[7]
44"Episode 4"Peter SalmonAlice Bell8 November 2015 (2015-11-08)57 mins0.433[8]
55"Episode 5"Peter SalmonJonathan Gavin15 November 2015 (2015-11-15)58 mins0.414[9]
66"Episode 6"Peter SalmonAlice Bell22 November 2015 (2015-11-22)[10]56 mins[10]0.425[11]


Melinda Houston found that the changes in society since Anna Karenina made Anna's decision to cheat on her husband seem immature rather than tragic.[12] Michael Idato regards The Beautiful Lie as being superbly cast.[13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Sarah Snook leads The Beautiful Lie cast – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Classy cast for ABC TV's The Beautiful Lie". Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "No Cookies | Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Nocookies | The Australian". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Nine takes Sunday with The Block – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Triple threat in Nine’s win on Sunday – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup draws early morning crowd – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Season high for The Block as Nine wins Sunday – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "TEN telemovie scores amid night of news & sport – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ a b "The Beautiful Lie : ABC TV". ABC TV (Australia). 1 November 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Nine sings on Sunday, Seven close behind. – TV Tonight". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "The Beautiful Lie is a luscious TV drama based on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "TV reviews: The Beautiful Lie embraces Anna Karenina with a passion". Retrieved 28 July 2016.