PESKY fibs, explosive first dates and misinterpreted feelings are at the forefront of ITV drama Liar.
But just who will take on the role of a troubled teacher, adamant an attractive surgeon has raped her, and how will the differing accounts of their night play out? We get the lowdown on the explosive six-part series.
What is new TV drama Liar about?
Over the course of six episodes, this captivating ITV show challenges viewers to draw their own conclusion about schoolteacher Laura and surgeon Andrew, the father of one of her pupils, who enjoy a first date.
That single night “changes their lives forever” as Laura insists she was raped, while Andrew claims they simply had a great time together.
But viewers are left torn as to whose side of the story they believe.
Who stars in Liar?
Joanne Froggatt (Laura Nielson)
Downton Abbey actress Joanne, 37, will play protagonist Laura Nielson, a newly-single schoolteacher.
She sees sparks fly with hunky surgeon Andrew (ioan gruffudd) who happens to be the dad of one of her pupils.
Yet their long-awaited date night is caught up in turmoil as the morning after, Laura believes Andrew has raped her.
Talking of the plot, Joanne told The Sun: “Laura has just broken up with her long-term boyfriend and gets asked out on a date by Andrew, a very charming single dad, and they have what seems to be an amazing time together, but then the story unfolds that the evening didn’t turn out as we imagined.
“Both their lives change dramatically after that night – and they have very differing views of their experiences of the evening.”
The blonde actress has revealed how she was left utterly exhausted after filming for her new role and the mental demands of the hard-hitting storyline.
She told The Mirror: “It brought it home to me how difficult it is for women to have to go through that whole process of reporting this kind of crime and how difficult it is for the police, unable to support them so much of the time.
“It is a reminder of how disappointing that is. Ultimately, I think the only way to change things is by educating young people on what consent is and what consent means.”
Ioan Gruffudd (Andrew Earlham)
Fantastic Four star Ioan, 43, takes on the male lead role of hunky surgeon Andrew.
He sees sparks fly with teacher Laura, yet swiftly finds himself at the heart of sexual abuse allegations.
Talking of his tricky subject matter he told The Sun: “It’s not pleasant to play in a lot of ways.
“But for the drama to work, you have to love your character. So I was in touch with the psychologist for help in playing somebody who is either like this or being accused of something like this.”
Zoe Tapper (Katy Sutcliffe)
Kent-born actress Zoe, known for her TV role in Mr Selfridge, will play teacher Laura’s sister, Katy.
She is sure to be a listening ear for her sibling after her alleged abuse at the hands of Andrew.
Viewers will also get an insight into Katy’s family life with the introduction of her on-screen husband Liam.
Richie Campbell (Liam Sutcliffe)
Meanwhile actor and assistant director Richie, formerly of BBC drama Waterloo Road, will play Katy Sutcliffe’s other-half.
His recent roles have seen him step away from the small screen in favour of voicing video games Stories Untold and Nioh, but Liar will mark a move back to TV.
Liam and Katy’s family life will become entangled with that of Katy’s sister Laura as the six-part plot unfolds.
Warren Brown (Tom Bailey)
BAFTA-winning Warren is well known to TV drama fans for his much-loved character DS Ripley, starring alongside Idris Elba in Luther.
The Warrington-born star, 39, also has hit Hollywood movie The Dark Knight Rises under his belt.
In Liar, he plays Laura’s ex boyfriend Tom Bailey.
Shelley Conn (DI Vanessa Harmon)
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory star Shelley will swap sweet treats for gritty plotlines as she delves into this hard-hitting six parter.
The London-actress, known to telly fans for her role in Heartbeat, will burst back onto the small screen as DI Vanessa Harmon.
The detective will be delving into the details of teacher Laura’s rape allegations.
Danny Webb (DS Rory Maxwell)
Londoner Danny Webb is well known to film fans for his role in Alien 3, as well as Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII.
The 59-year-old has had a successful career on the small screen, starring in everything from A Touch Of Frost to Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Silent Witness and Midsomer Murders.
So, no stranger to crime storylines, he will now tackle the role of DS Maxwell working alongside DI Vanessa Harmon on the Liar rape case.
When is Liar on TV?
Liar airs for six weeks on Mondays at 9pm on ITV.
Written by Bafta-winning Harry and Jack Williams, it began filming in 2016 in Deal, Kent.
The tag line for the show is a quote by Aesop, which reads: “Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit to either.”