SECRETS AND LIES IN NEW THRILLER
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.”