The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Michele Manelis

WHEN Down­ton Abbey thrust ac­tor Joanne Frog­gatt into the TV spot­light it was as beloved maid Anna Bates.

But the 37-year-old’s role in Chan­nel 7’s thriller Liar makes for a dra­matic de­par­ture that has left view­ers sec­ond-guess­ing them­selves and the stars who bring the he-said/ she-said mys­tery to life.

Frog­gatt plays a school teacher op­po­site Ho­ra­tio Horn­blower’s Ioan Gruf­fudd, a wealthy sur­geon who is pit­ted against her when she claims a date with him be­came some­thing sin­is­ter. She cries rape, he cries liar.

Frog­gatt un­der­stands why the au­di­ence has been so di­vided, telling TV Guide: “As a viewer you ab­so­lutely do not know what re­ally hap­pened or who to be­lieve.”

From the writ­ers of The Miss­ing, the ripped-fromthe-head­lines premise is merely a co­in­ci­dence, with the six-part se­ries shot long be­fore the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal erupted.

“It’s very pow­er­ful,” co-writer Jack Wil­liams says. “It’s about 21stcen­tury gender pol­i­tics. You’d think in these times we’d be be­yond this kind of thing, but, of course, we’re not. It’s an in­ter­est­ing sub­ject and a univer­sal story.”


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