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It’s been almost a month since series two of The Missing wrapped, and the dust has just about started to settle.

BBC One’s kidnap thriller had audiences gripped all over again with its tale of two missing girls, Alice Webster and Sophie Giroux, and the horrific secret that linked their fates.

To mark series two’s release on DVD, Digital Spy caught up with series writers Harry and Jack Williams and got some exclusive insights into how the story came together and what ended up on the cutting room floor.

Warning: Spoilers! Obvs.

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1. Baptiste was never going anywhere

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Tcheky Karyo’s philosophical French crime-solver was the one constant between the first and second series, and there was never any thought of ditching Julien along with the rest of the original cast.

“We knew – around halfway through the first series – that Oliver Hughes wasn’t going to make it, but we did keep talking about what it’d be like if he had,” Jack explains. “We did realise there was a lot of story in that – in someone coming back.

“More or less at the same time, Tcheky came in. He was late to be cast – we’d been shooting for two weeks before Tcheky finally agreed to do it – and we saw his first day and he was amazing. So around the same time we had the idea for the second series, we knew that he had to come back.

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“We didn’t want to crowbar anything in, but it just made sense. The character’s had such a long career that it seemed like there’d be new and interesting stories to tell with him.”

Harry adds that Baptiste has always been “the heart of the show” and was the first character conceived of for The Missing.

“I know Tony (James Nesbitt) was ostensibly the lead , but for us, Julien was more the heartbeat of the show, throughout the whole two series.”

2. They almost cut the biggest twist entirely

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“That girl… was not Alice Webster!” – Julien’s dramatic declaration at the end of episode 2.1 turned the entire story on its head… but it almost wasn’t part of the plot at all.

“At first, we thought it was too complicated – many times we almost went, ‘Oh, it doesn’t work!’ – but actually the more we talked about it, the more we realised that it gave rise to a very twisty-turny complex story all by itself, and that really worked to justify the moment.”

3. They had no idea what to do after revealing the kidnapper

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When The Missing series two revealed the identity of Alice’s abductor in episode 2.5, with three episodes still to go, viewers were baffled as to where the story could go next.

Turns out, the writers had the same feeling.”We didn’t know what we were going to do next, we had absolutely no idea,” admits Jack. “But we just thought that would be exciting, rather than hold it off and tread water for two episodes. We always just think, if you’ve got a great moment, go for it and the rest will work itself out.”

4. Your fan theories did shape the story

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Taken aback by the huge interest in the first series of The Missing, Harry and Jack were prepared for the intense scrutiny and all the fan theories this time round.

“It meant we tried to be thorough, as thorough as we could, and try and cover all bases and constantly interrogate the scripts and make sure we had answers for any potential questions that people might have,” Harry says.

It also meant that they were able to pepper the episodes with Easter eggs for the most eagle-eyed fans.

“You can layer things in that you know people will pick up on – and even if only one person gets it, they’ll share it and soon everyone will know it,” says Jack. “Like little nods to Jason Flemyng’s character from series one, or little names and references…

“It’s quite fun to do that stuff knowing that someone, somewhere, will pick up on it, but you don’t have to get all that to enjoy the show – that’s the other important thing.”

5. Two major scenes were cut from the final episode

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With their original script for episode 2.8 running long, Harry and Jack had to make cuts – losing two big sequences, including the original opening.

The finale was originally planned to open on a funeral scene (later, we’d learn, Sam Webster’s) – teasing the death of a major character.

Another sequence had Julien witnessing Sophie leaping to her death from the clifftop, only to discover it was another hallucination caused by his tumour.

“Both moments were fun in the script,” says Jack. “But when it came down to it, not only was the script too long, but I think we liked the idea – after all this complexity and twisting and turning – of doing something a bit more sincere, and stopping trying to mess with people.”

6. The reaction to series one’s climax shaped the end of series two

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With the exception of Julien Bapstiste’s fate, series two of The Missing gave us all the answers and resolved what really happened to both Alice and Sophie.

This more definitive ending was, the writers admit, a response to how the end of the first series was received.

“We always intended it in the first series for the audience to know that Oliver Hughes was dead, but that Tony can’t deal with that,” says Harry. “But what happened in the edit was that it felt like maybe actually that kid could’ve been Ollie…”

It may have been divisive (and, for some, a little confusing) but Harry and Jack think the grim, ambiguous ending to the first series may’ve actually helped amp up the tension for series two.

“Even before the last episode of series two went out, my wife turned to me and said, ‘Oh, you’re not going to kill the little girl are you?’,” recalls Jack. “The first series had such a dark ending that people really thought series two could go anywhere.

“But we wanted it to be different and that means not repeating ambiguity like it’s some kind of trick. It’s just what fits the story best and when we come down to it, we wanted something quite big, quite epic, and a proper fitting conclusion.”

The Missing series 2 is released on DVD on December 26. The Series 1 & 2 box set will also be available on the same date.

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‘The Missing’ Review: Season 2 Reverses the Classic Kidnapping Narrative to Compelling New Ends

Dramas focusing on a kidnapping — especially of young children — typically follow a simple trajectory: The family is introduced. The child is taken. The family is torn apart. A detective saves the day (or, at least, finds answers), and a happy ending or haunting lesson is imparted to the audience.

Typically, there’s a guessing game involved, as a number of suspicious supporting characters pop up throughout the story, and the audience is invited to solve the mystery. Their reward is being right or being surprised, but what typically elevates some kidnapping dramas above the rest is what elevates any drama: formal elements — directing, writing, acting — that build upon an audience’s immediate empathy for the taken child and the tormented family.

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When “The Missing” debuted on Starz in November 2014, its differentiating formal choice was presenting two distinct timelines parallel to one another. Creators Harry and Jack Williams bounced between the present and the past, telling the story of a missing boy and parents wrecked by his abduction with an eight-year gap between depicted developments. Buoyed by strong performances and a singular vision (director Tom Shankland helmed all eight episodes), the series was a low-key critical success and even earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations — two at each.

Three years later, Starz has returned to the anthology series for Season 2, keeping most of the distinguishing characteristics intact. It’s a new story independent of what happened in Season 1, save for Tchéky Karyo. As Detective Julien Baptiste, Karyo is the only physical connective tissue holding the anthology together. Otherwise, a new cast — including David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead”), Keeley Hawes (“Death at a Funeral”), and Abigail Hardingham (“Broadchurch”) — is directed by one man: Ben Chanan (“The Last Kingdom”). The story unfolds in three distinct time periods (with the two primary stories set three years apart), and there is a family crippled by loss at its core.

Only this time, the innocent child both goes missing and is found within the first few minutes. It’s where she’s been — and who she’s become — that demands an explanation. In the season’s opening scene, an adolescent Alice Walker is shown being taken away in a van while walking down the side of a road. Intercutting the sequence are shots of a woman in her early 20s (Hardingham) stumbling through the woods, making her way through town, and finally collapsing in the street. We soon learn it’s the same girl, her abduction and return separated by 11 years.

But where was she? Rather than focus on what happened to the family when Alice disappeared in 2003, “The Missing” primarily deals with her return in 2014 and the further-fractured family in 2017. It turns out something happened after Alice returned to drive spikes between her father (Morrissey), mother (Hawes), and brother (Jake Davies).

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The Williams brothers and Chanan don’t waste a lot of time, as evident by their decision to reverse-engineer the original concept; tearing down the kidnapping drama to its core, examining what makes it tick, and applying those elements in a fresh manner. Many of the evoked emotions are similar: We still pity the family and root for Baptiste to solve the mystery. We’re still curious to discover the truth, just as we’re fascinated to see how any parent’s worst nightmare can affect them in raw, unrelenting fashion.

Yet we’re not looking for anyone — not really. Though the twisty pilot puts forth plenty of questions, including whether or not Alice is telling the truth about how she escaped, Season 2 of “The Missing” is more concerned with why than how; why the kidnapping happened; why Alice returned; why the parents feel the way they feel and do the things they do; and, more than perhaps any of the other questions, why a retired detective is driven to solve a case he left over a decade ago.

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Baptiste’s role is expanded beyond what was demanded of him in Season 1, as Karyo becomes the de facto lead in the new episodes. He more than shoulders the burden — he owns it. Awash with conflicting emotions and saddled with a hefty side story threatening to send “The Missing” into overtly melodramatic territory, Karyo pulls the audience back in at every opportunity. His story offers the only hope in a sea of black souls, and without Baptiste, “The Missing” would be lacking in redeemable characters. He is the captain guiding us through choppy waters, especially when “The Missing” gets a bit lost in the middle episodes; holding back its reveals while dumping too much meaningless exposition.

Needless to say, we won’t spoil anything for you, but the lesson carrying the greatest impact at season’s end is Baptiste’s. “The Missing” is a studious drama of humanity, and while there are complexities worth admiring within many of the other players, the detective proves most engrossing because he’s the only one who chooses to take part in this story. The others have had tragedy forced upon them. Baptiste wants to give them a happy ending, without ignoring the haunting lessons. By embracing him — as well as an ambitious premise — “The Missing” improves in Season 2. And where they go from here remains enticingly unknown.

Grade: B+

“The Missing” Season 2 premieres Sunday, February 12 at 8pm on Starz. All eight episodes will be made available via Video On Demand and the Starz app on that date.

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  • Season 2 of Élite is finally here! Netflix dropped the latest season on September 6.
  • The entire cast has returned—along with some new faces.
  • Here, we rounded up everything you’ll see in season 2 of the Spanish show. Warning: Major spoilers ahead, including how season 2 ends.

Oye, Élite fans: season 2 has finally arrived!

The thriller-drama that feels like the distant Spanish cousin of series like Gossip Girl, Big Little Lies, and Riverdale—full of equal parts mystery, intrigue, plot twists, and way-too-sexy-for-high-school love scenes—returned on September 6.

So if you’re ready for more plot twists from Sam, Guzmán, Nadia, Carla, and the hate-or-love-her Lu, fans can tune in.

On August 20, the streaming service gave us an idea of what to expect, including a whole new set of drama and secrets to surface. In the preview, we see Samuel on a mission to prove his brother Nano (played by Jamie Lorente Lopez) is innocent of Marina’s murder “no matter the cost.”

Viewers also got a glimpse at favorite couple Ander and Omar enjoying their relationship. (And can we have a moment to appreciate how amazing Nadia’s curls look?!) If you watch the trailer closely, you’ll also notice there are some new students joining Las Encinas, too.

With the tagline of this season being “Lies tie us together. Lies tear us apart,” we already knew that meant the dynamics of everyone’s relationships were going to change.

We gathered the details for you if you’re looking for a primer before streaming season 2. Though, as always, tread carefully—there are major spoilers ahead!

When did Season 2 of Élite premiere on Netflix?

As mentioned, Netflix released season 2 of Élite on September 6.

Is there an Élite Season 2 trailer?

Here’s a last-minute sneak peek Netflix released on September 2:

The clip came after the official trailer below, and with both previews, viewers knew that while Samuel tries to prove Nano’s innocence (while growing increasingly suspicious of Carla), someone else is going to go missing. The question was…who?

As mentioned above, the trailer also shows a preview of new students joining Las Encinas. Georgina Amoros plays Cayetana, Claudia Salas plays Rebeca, and Jorge Lopez plays Valerio.

The trailers teased that Guzmán (played by Miguel Bernardeau) wasn’t going to stop until he found his sister’s killer. And, that there could be a chance that Polo will come clean.

Before Netflix dropped the full trailer, they gave fans a little treat with the below—very steamy—teaser clip that held us over until the one full preview above was released.

Remind me, who is in the cast?

Sorry, fans, but Marina (María Pedraza) is indeed dead and not a part of season 2. From having already watched the new episodes, we know for sure Miguel Bernardeau and Danna Paola are back, along with the rest of the gang too, including: Itzan Escamilla as Sam, Mina El Hammani as Nadia, Omar Ayuso as Omar, Arón Piper as Ander, Miguel Herrán as Christian, and Jaime Lorente as Nano. (Sidenote: Can we take a moment to acknowledge that Herrán, Lorente, and Pedraza have all been quite busy, as they each also star in another Spanish Netflix series, La Casa de Papel!)

Ok, last season was crazy. Can you give me an Élite summary?

*Takes deep breath* Where do we begin…

You’ll recall that from the beginning of season 1, we spent eight episodes trying to figure out who killed Marina, the edgy yet popular girl at school—and Sam’s love interest. Midway into the season she finds herself in a bit of a love triangle with good guy Sam and his bad boy brother, Nano (who ends up impregnating her). And since she’s, ya know, in love with Nano, she helps him in a blackmail scheme by stealing a watch from the father of her best friend, Carla. Only problem? Marina didn’t know said watch contained some important information that was incriminating to not just Carla’s father and his fortune, but his business partner—her own father.

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Carla, meanwhile, has been on the outs with her boyfriend, Polo, who hasn’t quite been the same since she and him, ya know, started having threesomes with their classmate, Christian. (We don’t know about you guys, but our high school was nothing like this.) After Carla realizes that Marina was the one to steal the watch, Polo decides to jump in to be superman and get the watch back to save his girlfriend and her family from what would be a major scandal if the information contained got out. And so, while the storyline led us to believe all season that Nano might have been Marina’s killer, in the final episode we see Polo and Marina in an argument over the watch that turns physical—eventually leading to Polo hitting her over the head with the school’s infamous scholarship trophy. In shock, he leaves a bleeding Marina on the floor of the pool, who is later discovered by both Nano and a heartbroken Sam.

Phew. That was a mouthful—and didn’t even dive in to Ander and Omar’s coming out story as a couple, or the friendship—and sexual tension—between Guzmán and Nadia.

What happens in Season 2 of Élite? Go ahead and bring on the spoilers.

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Before you keep reading, be warned (again) there are several SPOILERS for season 2 ahead.

As previously mentioned, the last teaser gave fans a look at another plotline that will be a big focus in season 2—someone else is going to go missing. And that person is… Samuel.

In season 2, Samuel starts a sexual relationship with Carla in hopes of finding out what she knows about who really killed Marina so he can get Nano out of jail. When there’s no sign that Samuel is going to return, Carla, thinking that he’s dead, goes to the police and confesses that Polo is the real killer. She also confesses that she helped him cover up the crime.

What no one knew was that Samuel, with the help of Guzmán, plotted his disappearance because he knew Carla would eventually crack since she did have feelings for him.

But wait, where’s her “boy toy” Christian, you ask? Well, he’s actually in Switzerland getting extensive surgery and physical therapy after getting hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. Christian was on his way to tell the police everything about Marina’s death when the driver hit him and eventually drove off as he laid on the ground unconscious. Viewers are led to believe that it was Carla’s dad who was behind Christian’s accident since he swoops in to help pay for all of his medical expenses.

Carla’s not the only that doesn’t know what to do with her guilt. This season viewers will see Polo have several anxiety attacks and hallucinations since killing Marina. The pressure of not being able to tell anyone finally gets to him because he ends up confessing to Ander that he is the killer.

Instead of telling someone what he knows, Ander begins drinking and picks fights with Omar. When Guzmán straight up asks him if Polo is indeed the killer, Ander lies and that ultimately leads to the end of their friendship.

Speaking of Ander… he’s going to find himself in a love triangle of sorts. With Omar not being able to come out because of his Muslim parents, Ander’s eye starts to wander a bit, turning to Polo, who is available and interested.

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And, like we said, there are also some new faces attending Las Encinas this year. Valerio is Lu’s half brother and it’s very clear the two have a forbidden attraction for each other. As the season progresses, we see them get intimate, and Valerio eventually confesses the sexual nature of his relationship with Lu to their father.

Another new student is Cayetana—the girl that appears to have it all but in reality is living a double life. Before Cayetana starts, Lu stalks her on Instagram and sees she has 39,000 followers and supposedly lives in a lavish mansion by herself.

In reality, Cayetana is actually the daughter of the cleaning lady at Las Encinas and a scholarship student. From time to time, she helps her mom clean the houses of the rich in Spain and uses that to fool her followers and classmates into thinking she’s the one with money.

After Cayetana is caught stealing a client’s dress, her mom loses all of her business and they become strapped for cash. Cayetana confides in Polo who decides to help. The two come up with a plan to set up a fake charity event where the donors think they are giving money to an NGO in Africa. Instead, Cayetana is taking the money to help her and her family… that is until Lu realizes what’s really going on and tells everyone that Cayetana is a fraud.

Thanks to their newfound bond, Polo and Cayetana become really close. So close that when Polo’s about to be arrested for Marina’s murder, Cayetana helps him by fishing out the murder weapon from the school’s lake so the police won’t have anything tying Polo to her death.

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And finally, Rebeca—or as Lu calls her, “Narco Barbie.” Rebeca (Claudia Salas) is the feisty new girl on the block that isn’t afraid of the other rich kids, but also has a secret of her own. When she first starts at Las Encinas, she tells Samuel and Nadia that her family won the lottery and that’s why they have so much money and bought Guzman and Marina’s house from season 1.

In reality, Rebeca’s mom is running a massive drug operation. Viewers find out the truth when Rebeca invites Samuel over for dinner and her mom asks him to be a deliveryman for her.

The season ends with Polo returning to Las Encinas a free man as the rest of the students just watch in horror.

Is the Élite school real—and where is the show filmed?

Although the private high school takes inspiration from many elite schools, Las Encinas is in fact not a real high school. Last year, Netflix set up a production hub in Spain, where they also film other Spanish TV shows like La Casa de Papel a.k.a Money Heist and Cable Girls.

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‘Liar’ Review: Great Acting Can’t Conceal The Over-the-Top Melodrama of This Miniseries

You may have a perception in your head of what kind of show “Liar” is, based on SundanceTV’s advertising — an intriguing descent into different perspectives on one fateful night, when two attractive single people go on a date that ends up having massive repercussions.

Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) is a widowed doctor; Laura (Joanne Froggatt) is his teenage son’s schoolteacher. They meet for dinner, go back to her place, and things progress from there. But the next morning, Laura believes she’s been raped, and Andrew has no idea what she’s talking about.

It’s a premise theoretically drawn from the modern debate surrounding the question of consent, with the potential to explore whether or not miscommunication in these situations is truly possible. And for at least the first episode, viewers are left with legitimate doubts about… Well, not about who exactly is “right” and who is “wrong.” But there are enough unanswered questions to keep you invested in finding out more about what happened between Laura and Andrew that night.

Unfortunately, that does not persist. Critics were given the entire six-episode miniseries to view, which is why we’re able to offer up this public service: “Liar” is lying to you about what kind of a show it is. Rather than actually being the nuanced character study it presents itself as, after a few episodes its true colors are revealed as the Lifetime-movie-esque melodrama begins to escalate.

This isn’t meant as a slam on Lifetime, for the record, but those films are a very specific experience. And for those hoping for the second coming of Showtime’s “The Affair” (which has shown a decline in quality since its intriguing first season, but does still have its moments as a compelling character drama), “Liar” will disappoint.

Created by Harry and Jack Williams, who were also executive producers of the acclaimed series “The Missing” and “Fleabag,” “Liar” does have a prestige TV feel — the verité camerawork will make you yearn for drizzly English mornings, and the way in which past and present are stitched together by the editing is a big factor in how compelling the first few episodes prove to be.

Perhaps that’s what makes the lie of “Liar” so disappointing, though another major factor in that is the caliber of acting on display here. Both Froggatt and Gruffudd prove equally matched, with Gruffudd’s blend of charm and confusion essential to selling the ambiguous nature of the premise. Meanwhile, Froggatt summons a range of emotions, from giddy anticipation to complete devastation, that makes her magnetic on screen; she’s given so many incredible moments to play as an actor, and tears into each and every one of them. It’s a Meryl Streep-level performance.

But when the big twists come — and oh, they do come — neither actor is able to escape the material, particularly the dense confessional monologues that completely contradict the grounded nature of earlier episodes. And it doesn’t help that when they’re not on screen, the surrounding subplots fail to add much to the drama. Vanessa (Shelley Conn), as the detective investigating Laura’s claims, proves to be a dynamic character whose story is quite compelling, but the same can’t be said of the rest.

Credit where credit is due: The premise may seem like it invites viewers to question the legitimacy of any rape survivor’s story, so it’s important to note that the show mainly highlights the astonishing level of scrutiny so many survivors’ claims are put through in real life. (At this very moment, in fact, Film Twitter is consumed with a similar discussion.)

The treatment of Laura, after she comes forward to say she was assaulted, acknowledges this harsh reality while never trivializing her character’s journey. In fact, every episode of “Liar” notes that the show was produced “with the advice and support” of three different organizations: Rape Crisis South London, Surrey & Sussex; Mountain Healthcare Limited; and Sunflower Sexual Assault Referral Centre. It shows.

In the end, “Liar” isn’t the show we were hoping it would be. As is so often the case, lies might make for the better narrative, and the truth is an unpleasant one.

Grade: C+

“Liar” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV.

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Network: SundanceTV.
Episodes: 12 (hour).
Seasons: Two.

TV show dates: September 27, 2017 — TBD.
Series status: Ending.

Performers include: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper, Warren Brown, Richie Campbell, Jamie Flatters, Shelley Conn, Danny Webb, Rita McDonald Damper, Chu Omambala, Finn Bennett, Akbar Kurtha, Oliver Maltman, Tsion Habte, Ethan Risk, and Frasier Risk.

TV show description: A modern gender politics drama, the Liar TV show comes from Jack Williams and Harry Williams. Throughout the series, the narrative explores conflicting points of view and recollections about the one night two people shared.

Bright, blunt, and headstrong, Laura Nielson (Froggatt) is a popular English teacher at the local secondary school. When the story kicks off, she has just broken up with her live-in boyfriend, Tom Bailey (Brown).

Laura’s sister, Katy Sutcliffe (Tapper) is an intelligent, optimistic nurse. She and her sister have much in common, and their relationship it extremely important to them. After Laura and Tom split, Katy takes it upon herself to set Laura up with a colleague from the hospital. A handsome, charismatic cardiac surgeon, the recently widowed Dr. Andrew Earlham (Gruffudd) is raising his son, Luke (Flatters), who attends Laura’s school.

Katy is married to Liam (Campbell), a doting father and husband. Still, their seemingly perfect life is not all it appears to be.

After taking a shine to Laura, Andrew asks her out on a date. To his mind, the two share a perfect evening. When Laura’s account does not square with his own, allegations rock his world and threaten both his reputation and very way of life. Andrew stands to lose too much and will not go down without a fight.

Although their date starts off well, and Laura and Andrew share certain chemistry, their encounter begins to unravel her entire life. The two find themselves squaring off, in a brutal battle for the truth.

As Laura pursues justice, a secret from her own past comes back to haunt her. Still, she is prepared to take extreme measures, to prove her side of the story.

Laura and Andrew aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Katy also has a secret, and she is determined that Liam will never learn the truth. As his wife grows more distant, Liam starts to question the trust he has put in his her.

Laura is still on good terms with her ex, Tom. This local cop has a hair-trigger temper and is willing to cross the line when a case warrants it. As he gets pulled into the conflict between Laura and Andrew, will he go too far while following his instinct to protect her? After all, Tom has some secrets and lies of his own.

Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Vanessa Harmon (Conn) who is usually a collected professional, is starting to burn out, and it is affecting her ability to reason her way through a case. As she becomes more emotionally involved, DI Conn allows herself to get a little too close.

While the truth will out, so will the consequences thereof. This thriller examines the respective truths of both Laura and Andrew and wonders where to draw the line between fact and perception. Liar also recognizes the high price of deception on the liars themselves and their loved ones.

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Fans of ITV’s Liar have been waiting almost a year and a half for answers on the death of Andrew Earlham — and those answers are coming!

The breakout ITV drama hit wrapped up in October 2017 with the promise it would return in 2019 to answer the mystery of who killed rapist Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd).

At the time, ITV projected production would start on series two in January 2019… but that didn’t happen. The good news is that Liar creators Harry and Jack Williams have told the Radio Times that they’re on track to “start shooting in March”.

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That means, if all goes to schedule, Liar will be back on screens “in autumn”, according to the Williams brothers.

Ioan Gruffudd is set to return alongside Joanne Froggatt for flashback scenes that will reveal the events leading up to his character Andrew’s murder in the series one finale.

Last summer, Ioan admitted that he had to be convinced by Harry and Jack Williams that he should sign up for more episodes, since Liar had been conceived as a one-off.

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“I sat down with Jack and Harry, just to say, ‘Look, I’m on board, I want to do this’, and Joanne’s on board, we’re all on board, all the elements are there. I just don’t envy Jack and Harry having to try and put this together now,” he told Digital Spy.

” asked a lot of questions and who knows, possibly that series will be about who did kill Andrew, but it’ll be interesting how they build the tension…

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“Because we, as the audience, know what happened to him, so how do you keep up the tension on a weekly basis if you know what the conclusion is already? I suppose it’s a bit like a Greek tragedy in that sense: you tell everybody what happened, and now we’re going to tell you how it happened.”

While waiting for Liar to return to screens, have a look at our rundown of the most likely suspects in Andrew’s murder.

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Liar season 2 trailer teases dramatic Andrew murder storyline – here’s everything you need to know

30 January 2020, 14:30 | Updated: 30 January 2020, 14:40

By Naomi Bartram

@naomibartram

The trailer for Liar season 2 has been released, but when does it air, who is in the cast and what is the plot?

ITV has finally released a teaser trailer for the second season of Liar after the first series finished back in 2017.

The clip sees Laura Nielson appear as one of the murder suspects of Andrew Earlham after what he put her through in series one.

But she is seen denying any involvement, stating: “There’s a long list of people who had reason to kill him. I did not murder Andrew Earlham.”

It then shows a string of other possible suspects for the murder, with the final few seconds of the clip teasing: “Liar Returns.”

Liar season 2 will follow the days leading up to Andrew’s death. Picture: ITV

But when is the new series out and who is starring in it? Here’s everything you need to know about series two.

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When is Liar season 2 out?

Liar series two began shooting all the way back in March 2019, so it’s expected to return to ITV sometime this year.

The show’s writers Harry and Jack Williams had previously said it would go air in the autumn of 2019, but after delays during production it is thought to come out in Spring.

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Who is in the cast of Liar season 2?

Both Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd will reprise their roles as Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham for season two.

Ex Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly has also joined the show as new character DI Renton – a police officer who has been tasked with investigating Andrew Earlham’s past.

Joanne Froggatt is back for season 2. Picture: ITV

Amy Nuttall will also star, but the rest of the cast is yet to be revealed.

What happened in Liar season 1?

The six-part thriller ended on a shocking cliffhanger in 2017 when rapist Andrew Earlham was found dead in the Kent marshes with his throat slit and blood all over his shirt.

He had been missing for two weeks after vanishing from his home on the night Laura Nielson finally discovered evidence of his horrific crimes.

After being raped by Andrew herself, Laura came across disturbing video footage of him sexually assaulting 19 different women. But when the police rushed to arrest him, he had already disappeared.

His dead body was found shortly after which leaves us with one huge question – who murdered him?

“I did not murder Andrew Earlham!”
Liar. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/RW0G71C3WK

— ITV (@ITV) January 27, 2020

What is Liar season 2 about?

The much-awaited second series is said to begin three weeks after police issue an arrest warrant for Andrew.

He is wanted in connection with the sexual assault of 19 women, but his body is then found floating in the marshes of Kent.

This then leads a to an investigation into the days leading up to the rapist’s murder, and will uncover “a different lie”.

Writers Harry and Jack Williams say the plot is packed full of twists, which will have viewers asking “Who’s lying about what?”

Is there a trailer for Liar season 2?

Yes, the full trailer can be watched above.

LIAR made an outstanding impact when it premiered with its first series in 2017, and now the riveting drama will soon return to ITV.

But when is season 2 starting again, who’s in the cast and what happened in season one? We have everything you need to know…

2 Liar is returning with season two this autumn

When is Liar season 2 being released?

According to Radio Times, the hit show is expected to return to ITV in autumn, adding that the show commenced production on the second series in March.

Though ITV has yet to confirm an official date, writers Harry and Jack Williams have confirmed that we’re just weeks away from catching all-new episodes of the drama.

Will they be able to solve the murder case and point out Andrew’s killer?

2 Joanne Froggatt will return for season twoCredit: ITV

Who’s in the cast and what will happen next?

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd are both expected to be reprising their roles as Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham for the forthcoming season.

We’re not entirely sure who else will definitely be back for the second series, but we do know that there’ll be one big question viewers will want the answer to who killed Andrew?

The show will pick up three weeks after an arrest warrant had been issued for Andrew for the shock sexual assault on 19 women.

His body was soon discovered in the Kent marshes and brand-new Detective Inspector Karen Renton (Katherine Kelly) and her team are determined to get to the bottom of things.

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What happened in season one?

Just when we all thought that serial rapist Andrew Earlham was going to go down for his criminal acts, the finale had us discover that he’d been murdered.

In the closing scene of the final episode, Andrew is seen half-submerged in the muddy marshes, with his clothes soaking wet, his throat slit and blood on his shirt.

Andrew was notably missing for weeks – he disappeared on the night Laura Nielson found out new evidence that would’ve seen him face time behind bars.

Video footage of Andrew raping a 17-year-old is obtained by Laura, but by the time that police had rushed to arrest him, he’d already made a vanishing act.

Will Laura be accused of murdering evil Andrew?

Liar season 2, starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd, will return to ITV very soon.

The first series of the hit thriller saw Laura Nielson (Downton Abbey’s Froggatt) accuse surgeon Andrew Earlham of sexual assault, which he fiercely denied.

Liar was a monster hit when it was shown in 2017

Liar proved to be one of the highlights of 2017 with over nine million fans debating who was telling the truth. It was finally revealed that Andrew was lying and he went on the run before shockingly his body was discovered on marshland.

Liar season 2 start date: When will it be back on ITV?

ITV is yet to officially confirm a start date, but it shouldn’t be too long now…

Liar series 2 plot: What’s in store?

The second series, which features flashbacks, will reveal who murdered Andrew and why. It picks the story up after Andrew’s body is found and three weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for him for the sexual assault of 19 women. An obvious murder suspect is Laura…

“It was an exciting cliffhanger that everyone loved and the story picks up directly after the last episode,” says Harry Williams, who co-writes the drama with brother Jack.

“Ioan’s brilliant. The hardest part was making sure there’s enough of him in it but there’s plenty!” adds Jack. “You want to know what’s happening next. We’re delighted it’s back.”

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Who’s in it?

Ex Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly plays a cop trying to find Andrew’s killer

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd – who says series two is very exciting – once again take on the leading roles of Laura and Andrew.

Meanwhile, former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly joins the cast as DI Inspector Karen Renton, who alongside DS Rory Maxwell (returning star Danny Webb), must find Andrew’s killer. Ex Emmerdale and Downton Abbey star Amy Nuttall and The Widow’s Howard Charles have also joined the cast.

Liar season 2 trailer: What does it reveal?

“I did not murder Andrew Earlham!”
Liar. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/RW0G71C3WK

— ITV (@ITV) January 27, 2020

The trailer strongly hints that Laura is going to be accused and arrested for Andrew’s murder. “There’s a long list of people who had reason to kill him. I did not murder Andrew Earlham,” protests Laura passionately in the gripping trailer.

What else do we know about Liar season 2?

  • The second series is six parts
  • Liar series 2 was filmed in Deal and Kingsdown in Kent. And in the Essex marshes.

The Missing Season 2 Release Date Announced By Starz

BBC One’s The Missing is a hit across the pond. The first installment of the limited series didn’t quite click with American audiences, but they’ll finally get a chance to see The Missing season 2 when it premieres on Starz on February 12th at 8 p.m.

The Missing is called a limited series, but it follows the anthology format that has caught on big time in the states. Each season features a new case and character each season. The Missing season 2 follows the cast of Alice, a young girl who went missing in 2003 but resurfaces 11 years later. Her return is shocking for the parents (played by David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes) and the small town that comes to learn that Alice (Abigail Hardingham) may know the whereabouts of another missing girl. The season is told across three timelines, 2003, 2014, and the present day.

The series is a co-production from BBC One and Starz through New Pictures, Playground, and Two Brothers. In the U.K. have been rather large, topping out at close to 8 million viewers for the season two finale. Starz also released the season two key art:

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The Missing Season 2 Premiere Date & Key Art Revealed by Starz

The Missing Season 2 premiere date and key art revealed by Starz

Starz announced today that The Missing Season 2, the second installment of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated thriller, will premiere on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 8PM ET/PT on Starz. Produced by New Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground for BBC One and Starz, the 8-episode limited series, written by Harry and Jack Williams (Rellik, Fleabag) and solely directed by Ben Chanan, introduces a new case with new characters in a new location. Check out the new key art in the gallery below!

The highly-anticipated, shocking finale of The Missing recently aired in the United Kingdom on November 30 to nearly 8 million viewers, and the episode maintained a steady #1 top-trending spot among discussions on Twitter that night. The second installment has received praise from critics and audiences alike in the United Kingdom.

Starz also released the official limited series key art with the tagline, “The search ends. The mystery begins.” The image depicts the mysterious return of Alice Webster, foreshadowing how little is known of her disappearance, and the secrets she might hold, about the unsolved case of another missing girl.

The anthology series follows parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter, Alice, went missing in 2003. Eleven years later, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and announces herself as Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), the girl who went missing over a decade prior. Alice’s sudden return causes ripples of suspicion through the small community, especially when it is revealed she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl, Sophie Giroux, who vanished shortly before Alice. Haunted by the unsolved Giroux case, French detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) is motivated out of retirement to follow new information that Alice may have on Sophie’s disappearance. Told across three timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day, we follow Alice’s family as they are thrown into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams.

The first installment of The Missing premiered on Starz in 2014 and was hugely successful among viewers and critics, receiving two Golden Globe award nominations and one Emmy award nomination. The limited series also received four BAFTA Television Award nominations and a nomination the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Available right now, STARZ subscribers can stream and download the first installment of The Missing on the Starz APP.

We went in skeptical, but season 1 of The Witcher on Netflix turned out to be one of our favorite shows of 2019, and Henry Cavill proved to be an excellent Geralt, nailing the softy-with-a-gruff-exterior act and swinging his swords around with convincing panache. If you enjoyed season 1 as much as we did, there’s good news: The Witcher season 2 was confirmed before the first season released, and should be in production soon.

The series is based on the Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski, but naturally took a bit of unofficial inspiration from the CD Projekt RPG series, which is what makes the show relevant to us. Here’s what we know about season 2, a comprehensive breakdown of the first season’s eight episodes, and more about The Witcher’s production and where it may be headed.

What is the release date for The Witcher Season 2 on Netflix?

Sometime in 2021. According to Variety, The Witcher season 2 is entering production early this year, with a planned release next year.

Principle photography for The Witcher season 1 took about seven months, beginning at the end of October 2018 and wrapping at the end of May 2019. It released a little over six months later in mid-December. At a similar pace, we can expect at least a year to pass between the beginning of season 2’s shooting and the release date. A mid-to-late 2021 release date seems like a reasonable guess, then.

Geralt’s adventure is only beginning….The Witcher has been renewed for Season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujINovember 13, 2019

The Witcher season 1 episode recaps

Andy Kelly has been recapping each episode from The Witcher’s first season in case you need a refresher between viewings, or want to make sure you didn’t miss anything:

  1. The End’s Beginning
  2. Four Marks
  3. Betrayer Moon
  4. Of Banquets, Bastards, and Burials
  5. Bottled Appetites
  6. Rare Species
  7. Before a Fall
  8. Much More

A beginner’s guide to The Witcher

Totally new to The Witcher, or just want a refresher before starting the show? Jody breaks down what you need to know in our beginner’s guide to the series. If the show has gotten you interested in The Witcher books, we also have a guide for that.

Semi-related, Jody also wrote a very serious comparison between Netflix’s The Witcher and the 2002 Polish TV show—which has some positive qualities of its own!

Henry Cavill breaks down what makes Geralt so cool

Henry says what we’re all thinking in this Witcher featurette. Geralt is a stoic bastard with a genuinely good soul (though he’d never tell you that). He’s the classic ronin/mysterious wanderer type that just wants to do his job and move on, though his moral compass often lands him in trouble.

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Netflix released some official production stills of The Witcher, showcasing Geralt (Henry Cavill), Yennefer (Anya Cholatra), and Ciri (Freya Allan), and more scenes and characters from the first season.

The Witcher showrunner already has seven seasons mapped out

The Witcher series showrunner Lauren Hissrich is optimistic for the success of the show, and says she already has six more season mapped out if all goes well. “We don’t have a second season yet—God willing we will—but right now it’s just about, ‘How do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’” Hissrich said (this was before the second season was confirmed). “The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to.”

If the show does return for more than two seasons, there’s a lot of material to pull from: six novels, two short story collections, and three video games with a wealth of excellent stories.

The Witcher on Netflix will not adapt the games, only the books

At least, that’s all Hissrich is willing to commit to right now. Adapting the books is the extent of her current aspirations, according to a report by The Wrap.

“Extreme long vision is no, we will not start adapting the games,” Hissrich replied. “I can only attack one season at a time, I’m so excited for this one, the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone says ‘what happens in Season 7,’ sure I have thoughts. Fingers crossed, we get there.”

Hissrich also took to Twitter recently, patiently explaining to one user the show’s choice to cast more diverse actors. She cites a few reasons, among them the need to appeal to a global audience, the effect that the United States’ relationship with racism has on media made here, and, most importantly, a desire to hold true to the spirit of the books more than the letter. “The Witcher is REALLY interesting when it comes to depicting racism because it’s about species, not skin color,” Hissrich says. “What makes characters ‘other’ is the shape of their ears, height, etc. In the books, no one pays attention to skin color. In the series… no one does either.”

The rumors are true, a new Witcher story is in the works! The anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent. Brought to you by the Witcher team @LHissrich and @BeauDeMayo, and Studio Mir the studio behind Legend of Korra.January 22, 2020

A Witcher anime film is coming to Netflix

The Witcher show has been a great success for Netflix. So great, in fact, that another Witcher story is on the way to the service. The anime film, called The Witcher: The Nightmare of the Wolf, is in the works from Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich and Studio Mir (the animation studio behind The Legend of Korra and the new Voltron show).

Netflix says the film will “take us back to a new threat facing the Continent.” We don’t know much more beyond that, but considering it’s already in development, Nightmare of the Wolf likely to come out before The Witcher’s second season. The Witcher already seems like a great fit for the dramatic action of anime. I can already imagine Geralt’s flashy sword moves exaggerated in animation.

Henry Cavill is a big fan of The Witcher

It turns out Cavill actually sought out The Witcher after finding out it was being produced.

“I played the games—they released a game called Witcher 3 about five years ago now. Played that game to death,” he told Jimmy Kimmel. “Then I heard it was coming out—I met the showrunner, and that’s when I learned there were books. Read the books and realized that I was missing out on a whole world of the stuff. Because I’d been into the fantasy genre since I was a kid—since before I could read, my dad was reading me fantasy books.”

Following the release of season 1, Cavill spoke further about his love of PC gaming.

Here are the showrunner’s descriptions of several Witcher characters

Yennefer, Ciri, Roach, and Triss join Geralt in season 1, along with Regis the vampire, Emhyr var Emreis, Jaskier, and others.

For a sense of how each was approached, here are Hissrich’s descriptions of each character via a series of tweets from a while back. We’ve removed the dashes between words from Hissrich’s original tweets below for ease of reading.

  • Geralt is described as stoic, circumspect, balanced and fierce, and, in Hissrich’s words: “soft and squishy in a tiny place in his heart that he’ll never reveal until maybe the end and even then it will just be a hint.”
  • Yennefer, meanwhile, is fiery, proud, shrewd and contradictory, plus: “seeking to fill a family-sized hole in her heart even though she resents it and swears she’s just fine on her own but she is not and we love her for being both independent and vulnerable.”
  • Ciri is described as resilient, relentless, brazen and growing, and, according to Hissrich: “she’s going to change the world and what the hell is she supposed to do except be scared and be bold and learn and adapt and find a family who can walk by her side no matter what and maybe just maybe teach her the meaning of love.”
  • Roach is apparently “ladylike; faithful; extrasensory; steady”. Roach is a horse.
  • Jakier is extravagant, caddish, loose-lipped. Plus: “Hides behind the exterior of an idiot when in actuality he is the keeper of Geralt’s realities (even if he exaggerates his own heroics) AND the truths of the world which means he’s far more important than we realize…”
  • Triss Merigold is “Spunky; Idealistic; Insecure; Conflicted; Young and naive and lacking the confidence of sorceresses which means she is ripe for manipulation but when she finally transcends the crap she has a chance to be loved as herself and not as ‘the third-wheel with Yen'”.
  • Cahir is “Conflicted; Charismatic; Haunted; Pure of heart”.

That’s not everyone—this is a big cast. Check out character descriptions for Regis, Vilgefortz, Ephyr, Milva, Leo Bonhart and Borch Three Jackdaws/Villentretenmerth deeper into Hissrich’s Twitter thread, starting here. “This is a starting point, mostly because—how could characters ever be boiled down to five words (even with hyphens?)” Hissrich told fans on Twitter. “Also, the characters change and develop so much over the series that a summary can never be 100% accurate. Geralt starts off stoic. He doesn’t end that way.”

Yes, there’s a tub, and Geralt is in it

(Image credit: Netflix)

Witchers get dirty, after all.

Where was The Witcher season 1 filmed?

Eastern Europe, naturally.

“WE’LL BE SHOOTING IN EASTERN EUROPE. Yes!” tweeted Hissrich. “This show couldn’t exist anyplace else. Period.” Budapest is at least one of the locations—that’s where filming started.

(Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

An animated Witcher series could also be in the works

As noticed by Witcher news source Redanian Intelligence, a reliable leaker has shared the apparent existence of an animated Netflix Witcher show. “They were casting for an animated series set in the world of The Witcher and featuring some side characters a while back. The plan was to make this available on Netflix sometime between season 1 and 2. No idea whether or not this is still happening,” reads the post on Recapped, a NSFW blog that originally revealed the casting of Henry Cavill as Geralt.

Netflix has been expanding more and more into animation in recent years, so this wouldn’t be out of left field for the service. As Redanian Intelligence also points out, German actress Helena Klaus previously listed voice over work for the Witcher on her CV. The pieces are all there for this to be true, but take it all with a grain of salt.

WATCH: ITV shares trailer for drama series Liar season 2

Liar is back!

ITV has finally released a teaser trailer for the second season of Liar.

The thrilling drama series gripped the nation back in 2017 and we’ve been eagerly awaiting news about season two since the finale aired.

The teaser trailer has just dropped and it looks like we’re in for another intense season. Season two will follow the murder mystery surrounding the death of Andrew Earlham, played by Ioan Gruffudd.

Pic: ITV

The trailer sees a group of suspects appear on screen.

Lead character Laura Neilson, played by Joanne Froggatt, appears as one of the murder suspects, which as no surprise following the trauma Andrew put her through.

The season finale ended with viewers seeing Andrew’s dead body in the cold marshes. In the teaser trailer, Laura can be hard saying: “There’s a long list of people who had to reason to kill him. I did not murder Andrew Earlham.”

An official release date for the show has yet to be announced, until then, you can check out the new teaser trailer down below.

“I did not murder Andrew Earlham!”
Liar. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/RW0G71C3WK

— ITV (@ITV) January 27, 2020

Liar will air later this year.

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When is Liar back for series two on ITV?

The first series of Liar gripped viewers with its twisting and turning tale of rapist Andrew Earlham – and of Laura Nielson’s fight to bring him down.

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Now the psychological thriller is coming back to ITV for a second run. Here’s everything you need to know…

When is Liar series two on TV?

Liar series two began shooting in March 2019 and is expected to return to ITV sometime in 2020, writers Harry and Jack Williams told RadioTimes.com.

This article will be updated with an exact air date as soon as it’s confirmed.

What happened at the end of Liar series one?

Just when it looked like serial rapist Andrew Earlham was headed for prison, Liar delivered one final surprise in the last moments of its finale.

In the closing scene, Andrew was shown half-submerged in the muddy marshes, his throat slit and blood on his shirt. But who killed him?

Andrew had been missing for weeks, having disappeared from his house on the night Laura Nielson finally discovered the evidence that would get him locked up: video footage of him raping 17 different women. But when the police rushed to arrest him, he had already vanished.

There are a lot of questions that need answering in series two, such as: who killed him? (We have our suspicions.) Has Laura stayed in town? What happened to Andrew’s orphaned son Luke?

Who is in the cast of Liar series two – and what will happen next?

Both Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd are reprising their roles as Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham for the second series, which will focus on the big question: who killed Andrew?

Gruffudd will appear in flashback sequences as we dive deeper into the events leading up to his character’s death.

In the second series, the story picks up three weeks after an arrest warrant is issued for Andrew Earlham for the sexual assault of 19 women.

But after Andrew’s body is found in the Kent marshes, brand-new character Detective Inspector Karen Renton (Cheat actress Katherine Kelly) and her team are tasked with uncovering clues about this man’s past – and finding out the truth about those weeks leading up to his murder.

Creators Harry and Jack Williams said of the casting: “It has been a joy returning to Liar and our reunion with Joanne and Ioan. Equally we are thrilled to have Katherine Kelly on board as DI Renton after her stellar performance in Cheat.”

Howard Charles (The Widow) joins the cast as Carl Peterson, while Downton Abbey star Amy Nuttall will play Winnie Peterson.

Who are writers Harry and Jack Williams?

As well as penning Liar, the Williams brothers are also known for writing BBC1’s The Missing and Rellik. Their next creation is Kate Beckinsale drama The Widow.

They also run a production company, Two Brothers Pictures, which has produced Fleabag, Strangers and the forthcoming series Cheat.

Is there a trailer for Liar series two?

Not yet. But ITV did post a teaser on Twitter in January 2020…

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A lot of suspects. A lot of motives. Who killed Andrew Earlham?#Liar. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/FfSkxNtbBD

— ITV (@ITV) January 28, 2020

Will there be a third series of Liar?

It looks unlikely! The second series of the ITV drama is being referred to as “the final chapter” – although given that Andrew Earlham is already dead, it isn’t enormously surprising that the sequel will bring the story to a close.