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Liar

Published: Mon 31 Jul 2017

ITV announces new six part series Liar starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd
 
ITV announces new six part series Liar from Two Brothers Pictures starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd
 
"Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit to either” (Aesop)
 
Acclaimed actors Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd star in a compelling emotional six-part thriller from Two Brothers Pictures in their first commission for ITV.  Liar starts shooting in November 2016 and is being produced in conjunction with SundanceTV in the US.
 
Created and written by BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams, Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Newell (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew Ellis (Ioan Gruffudd) forever. 
 
Laura is a smart and dedicated teacher, not long out of a relationship and unsure about getting back on the dating scene.  Andrew is a renowned surgeon whose son is a pupil at Laura’s school.  An initial attraction leads to a date, but neither fully realises the far-reaching consequences that their meeting will have on each other or their families.  Truth and consequences go hand in hand in a tense and gripping thriller that examines both sides of a relationship and both sides of the truth. Are there really two sides to every story?
 
Liar explores the devastating cost of deceit on both the couple and their friends and family, as secrets and lies are laid bare… 
 
ITV’s new Head of Drama, Polly Hill, will oversee production on behalf of the broadcaster.
 
 “I am so delighted to have arrived at ITV and to be working with Jack and Harry Williams on Liar,” said Polly. “They are brilliant storytellers, who have written a gripping thriller that doesn't shy away from exploring a powerful subject. I'm thrilled we've commissioned Liar for ITV and secured such a terrific cast.”
 
Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, agreed:
 
"Liar is that rare combination of a thoughtful and emotional exploration of the human condition, and a page turner. The Williams Brothers have created something both relevant and compelling, attributes that the SundanceTV audience respect and embrace.”
 
The 6 x 60’ series will be executive produced by Harry and Jack Williams (Fleabag, The Missing, One of Us) whose production company, Two Brothers Pictures, was established in 2014.   Lead director is BAFTA winner James Strong (Broadchurch, The Great Train Robbery, 11-22-63) who will also executive produce.
 
Eliza Mellor (The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) will produce the series. Sam Donovan (Humans, The Living and the Dead, Utopia) will direct episodes 4 to 6. Filming will begin in London and Kent in November.  
 
Harry and Jack Williams commented: “We’re delighted to be reunited with Polly Hill in her new role at ITV and join forces with SundanceTV. This story deals with highly emotional and important subject matter, exploring modern issues of gender politics through the lens of a character-driven emotional thriller. We couldn’t be happier with the calibre of the team we have working on this.”
 
all3media International negotiated the arrangement with SundanceTV and is handling international sales for the series.