ITV's Liar never lived up to its initial promise - and that's a problem
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One of the most interesting portrayals of rape I can ever remember seeing on television was way back in 2001 in Holby City. Even all these years later, I can remember the basic plot: two nurses/flatmates, Keri and Liam, returned home after a night out. Too drunk to remember much, Kerry was later certain that she had said no, whilst Liam was equally as convinced she had said nothing, taking her silence as consent. The ensuing storyline looked at how their friendship crumbled to nothing and the effect upon their wider circle of friends. ITV's Liar, which concluded on Monday night, initially seemed to promise something similar. The very premise of the show was founded on the grey areas and uncertainty over who was telling the truth over an alleged case of rape. For the first couple of weeks, both Laura and Andrew, the central characters, seemed entirely plausible and entirely suspicious. The trailer showed a moment where Andrew turned to her and insisted "But I haven't done anything" - much as Liam did in 2001. It was a fresh twist on a whodunnit. Yet as the show continued over its six week run, the truth came out rather earlier than we might have expected. Andrew, it turned out, was the liar (and a serial rapist to boot), and the story became something rather different.
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