The Beautiful Lie (TV series)

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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.