TV Review: Liar (Series 1, Episode 1)
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Mystery, suspense and waterside landscapes are what Broadchurch director James Strong does perfectly, so we’re definitely in for a treat with his latest ITV thriller Liar. The stunning opening shot of the Essex Salt marshes really sets the tone of this tense thriller, setting us up for twists and turns and the expectation that nothing is what it appears on the surface. The episode begins with an initially slow and rather clichéd start, with Laura’s conversations with the man at the marshes trying too overtly to assert that Laura (played by the superb Joanne Froggatt) is a headstrong and independent woman. However, after the rather awkward/cringey first conversation between Laura and Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), you soon start to root for them as a couple. Their first date at a beautiful pier restaurant definitely aids this, and even though you know something is brewing in the background, you can’t help but wish this was a simple romcom in which they fall in love. Then, they go back to her flat and this is when the atmosphere tenses. There are several moments such as the opening of the wine, that you know are going to be brought back and agonized over, which makes it so thrilling to watch - you’re trying to see if he spikes the wine, but everything appears normal, for now. They then progress into the bedroom in search of a phone charger and that’s when the scene ends, leaving the audience’s mind to wander what happened between these two seemingly happy characters.
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