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LIAR To Debut on SundanceTV on September 27th

Ioan Gruffudd, left, and Joanne Froggatt participate in the “Liar” panel during the AMC and Sundance TV Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour

–By Valerie Milano

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?
 
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 29: Actor Ioan Gruffudd of ‘Liar’ speaks onstage during the SundanceTV portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.

 
Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Earlham, Joanne Froggatt as Laura Nielson – Liar _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Joss Barratt/Two Brothers Pictures/ITV/SundanceTV

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.
 
Actors Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt of ‘Liar’ speak onstage during the SundanceTV portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
(July 28, 2017 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

“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.”

 
Actor Joanne Froggatt of SundanceTV’s ‘Liar’ poses for a portrait during the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Contour by Getty Images)

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!
 
Jan Diedrichsen

“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.

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