Sur­rounded by lies

A mur­der in a quiet sub­ur­ban neigh­bour­hood opens a hor­nets’ nest in the minis­eries Se­crets & Lies. Guy Davis speaks with the stars of this in­trigu­ing mys­tery.

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Hayes: “Ev­ery­one has some­thing they’re try­ing to hide or don’t want ex­posed.

But it is.”

Take a look around your neigh­bour­hood. Think about the people liv­ing next door to you.

You may shoot the breeze once in a while, bor­row the oc­ca­sional cup of su­gar, but how well do you re­ally know them? Do you re­ally know them at all?

In Bris­bane’s seem­ingly peace­ful Black­wood Cres, there’s a lot hid­den be­hind closed doors.

But it’s about to be dragged kick­ing and scream­ing into the open when the body of a young boy is dis­cov­ered and the aver­age fam­ily man who found the child be­comes the prime sus­pect in a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

That’s the set- up of Se­crets & Lies, a six- part se­ries pre­mier­ing next week on Ten.

Af­ter mak­ing the grue­some dis­cov­ery and find­ing him­self tar­geted by dogged de­tec­tive Ian Cornielle ( Anthony Hayes), Ben Gun­delach ( Martin Hen­der­son) finds him­self an out­cast in his own neigh­bour­hood.

Even Ben’s wife Christy ( Diana Glenn) seems to be har­bour­ing a few doubts about his in­no­cence.

If he’s go­ing to clear his name, Ben is go­ing to have to find the killer him­self. But is Ben out to clear his name … or cover up his crime?

Not even the cast and crew of Se­crets & Lies knew for sure dur­ing the film­ing, with many of the prin­ci­pal play­ers kept in the dark about the killer’s iden­tity un­til late in the shoot.

View­ers, how­ever, will have plenty of clues at their dis­posal if they wish to play am­a­teur sleuth.

The pro­duc­tion com­pany be­hind the pro­gram has de­vel­oped an in- depth ar­ray of multimedia fea­tures, in­clud­ing on­line “we­bisodes”, which pro­vide additional in­sight into the char­ac­ters.

While it’s not vi­tal that Se­crets & Lies view­ers keep one eye on their iPad to stay up to speed with the mys­tery, it does add a few in­trigu­ing pieces to the over­all puzzle.

“There are el­e­ments in that on­line ma­te­rial that en­hance the viewer’s per­cep­tion of the show,” said Hayes, whose char­ac­ter fea­tures heav­ily in the multimedia seg­ments.

“The story, of course, makes sense within its own pa­ram­e­ters, but you will get a lit­tle ex­tra if you choose to ex­plore fur­ther.”

It proved both ben­e­fi­cial and fas­ci­nat­ing to the ac­tors as well, with Hen­der­son find­ing that film­ing this ma­te­rial en­abled him to ex­plore as­pects of his char­ac­ter that weren’t in the script.

“You end up be­ing a lit­tle fur­ther ahead than Ben; you can even end up fur­ther ahead than Anthony’s char­ac­ter be­cause there are things re­vealed through the lie- de­tec­tor ses­sions we have fea­tured on­line that he doesn’t know,” he said.

Run­ning par­al­lel with the mur­der mys­tery of Se­crets &

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