West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/20/17 – Having just endured an intense four-day stint of voir dire at LA’s Airport Courthouse in connection with a criminal case, this reporter well knows how elusive the lines between truth and falsehood can be in society at large. Outside the courtroom, how do we decide who is lying and who is telling the truth in our day to day lives?
The six-part SundanceTV series LIAR seems to be a case in point. On the surface, the schoolteacher and surgeon who start to date in this adult drama seem to be an ideal couple who would be welcome on any jury. But are they?
Such is the series’ intriguing premise, which seems to be made for binge watching with a clear-cut beginning, middle, and end. Part of this modern-day morality tale is told in flashbacks.
Some of us are simply presumed innocent more often than others. Well-educated white men and women usually rank highest on this list.
Jack and Harry Williams spoke about these matters via satellite from London during the TCA Press Tour taking place on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Present on the panel were series stars Ioan Gruffudd (Andrew Earlham) and Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt (Laura Nielson) along with Charlie Collier and Jan Diedrichsen from SundanceTV.
“There is something behind that veneer that is slightly disturbing,” said Gruffudd of his surgeon character, ostensibly a pillar of the community by virtue of race, education, occupation, income, family ties, and many other things. Froggatt, too, warned the audience that she would be playing a “bad girl.”
The Media Age might make us less certain about the truth than ever before. Facebook users sometimes ask if one’s posts accurately reflect them. Ambiguity is the name of the game.
Both Gruffudd and Froggatt are best known for period dramas set during simpler times when truth and falsehood may have seemed more clear-cut:
Gruffudd for HORATIO HORNBLOWER and Froggatt for DOWNTOWN ABBEY. It should be fascinating to see such talented actors take on more timely material!
“It is what it is, in one sitting,” said Gruffudd of this psychological thriller. Sounds splendid! The first episode of LIAR is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, September 27that 10/9c.