Liar Series 2 is not what I was expecting, as it was teased at the end of the first series, after it was proved that Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) was, indeed, guilty, regarding his attack on Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt), and then his body turned up in the Kent marshes.
But, how can you have a second series with the two leads when one of them is brown bread? Well, you turn it into a whodunit with DI Karen Renton (Katherine Kelly – Cheat) and DS Rory Maxwell (Danny Webb) on the hunt for a new suspect, the person who bumped him off.
Can it be Laura? Well, I can’t see her overpowering him, but I can expect that in the hands of the Williams Brothers, this new series will keep us guessing right until the very end.
What I do know is that I’m glad they begin with a synopsis of series 1 because that was broadcast in the autumn of 2017, even though it doesn’t feel that long at all.
Despite the notable handicap of being dead, Andrew still features in this series, with Ioan Gruffudd walking and talking, yet those are obviously intended to be flashbacks, and there’s only been three weeks in TV time inbetween last series and this one.
As you’d expect with a series like this, everyone is a suspect, and the music produces a devilish tone every time someone’s being interviewed.
And in cases where people are having a search warrant to check out their house, why does no-one ever insist on the cops taking their shoes off?
Overall, this first episode maintains the intrigue of the first series, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all pans out. I’ll give no spoilers, that’s for sure.
Episode 2 was watchable, but… and cue spoiler header
With both episodes 3 and 4, they’ve felt very ‘all over the place’ and I’ve little idea where things are actually tying in together with the main plot. Maybe it’ll come together in the last two episodes. Who knows?
Episode 5 was really stupid when…
UPDATE Episode 6: Well, as we got to the finale – did Laura really kill Andrew? I was long past giving a toss. Prior to the outcome, it seems unlikely because he’s very tall, and she’s about 4′ and half his weight.
Series 1 was great, but they’ve really dragged Series 2 out, and it feels like the amount of content in it was worthy of a 2-parter, but 6 eps is often the norm.
And in a silly moment in the hospital, looking for Luke:
Oliver: “Where’s this patient?”
Nurse: “He was discharged a few days ago”
No “are you a relative?” question?
As for who killed Andrew?
After broadcast, each episode will be on the ITV Hub.
Episode 1 Score: 7/10
Episode 2 Score: 3/10
Episode 3 Score: 1/10
Episode 4 Score: 2/10
Episode 5 Score: 1/10
Episode 6 Score: 3/10
Director: James Strong
Producer: James Dean
Writers/Creators: Harry Williams, Jack Williams
Laura Nielsen: Joanne Froggatt
Andrew Earlham: Ioan Gruffudd
DI Karen Renton: Katherine Kelly
DS Rory Maxwell: Danny Webb
Oliver Graham: Sam Spruel
Winnie Peterson: Amy Nuttall
Carl Peterson: Howard Charles
Katy Sutcliffe: Zoë Tapper
Liam Sutcliffe: Richie Campbell
DI Vanessa Harmon: Shelley Conn
Jennifer Robertson: Jill Halfpenny
Ian: Kieran Bew
Luke Earlham: Jamie Flatters
Ruby Allen: Sian Clifford
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