Liar – Series 2 (2020)

Actors Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd standing in front of a building

Liar Series 2 (2020) starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd © Joss Barratt / ITV

Director: Chris Sweeney

Writers: Harry Williams, Jack Williams

Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper

Production Company: Two Brothers Pictures for ITV

Kent Locations Used: Deal and Kingsdown Beach in Dover, Tom Farm in Tonbridge & Malling

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd reprise their roles in the return of this ITV psychological thriller, which will focus on the big question: who killed Andrew Earlham?

The series’ main character, Laura Nielson, is played by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey (2010–2015), Dark Angel (2016)) with Andrew Earlham, her antagonist, played by Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4 (2005) Titanic (1997)), meanwhile Zoe Tapper (Mr Selfridge (2013), Grantchester (2020) plays Laura’s sister.

Liar Series 2 is directed by Chris Sweeney and welcomes back creators Harry Williams 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.

Series Two picks up three weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for Andrew Earlham for the sexual assault of 19 women. When Andrew’s body is found in the Kent marshes, Detective Inspector Renton, played by Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge (2013)) is tasked with uncovering clues about Andrew’s past and unpacking the events of the three crucial weeks leading up to his murder. New cast members also include Howard Charles (The Widow (2019), The Musketeers (2014-2016)) as Carl Peterson, and Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey (2010–2015), New Tricks (2014-16)) as Winnie Peterson.

During the filming of Series Two production filmed in Deal as Laura’s Home town. Filming took place in and around Deal Pier, The Marina, Dunkerley’s Restaurant and Hotel, the Black Douglas Coffee House and Deal Beach Parlour. Additional filming took place at Kingsdown Beach  and The Zetland Arms Pub.  Tom Farm in Tonbridge & Malling was also filmed as a rural location.

The coastal town of Deal has a long naval history and is one of the major cinque ports along the south coast. Deal is a winner of the Daily Telegraph’s High Street of the Year 2013 award. The Pier is a significant local landmark and public amenity offering excellent views of the town. It is internationally recognised as an angling venue and features a glass-walled café-bar on the pier-head.

Kingsdown Beach, located just up the coast from the White Cliffs of Dover, has a secluded shingle beach, with plenty of benches suitable for picnics.

East Kent is home to spectacular coastal landscapes and historic towns and boasts excellent transport links to London and western Europe. East Kent has been used for filming several recent hit TV productions such as Baptiste (2019), Next of Kin (2018) and The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017).

Tom Farm, situated in the district of Tonbridge & Malling, is a large working farm offering a huge array of shoot location opportunities. Home to a wide mix of farm animals, including sheep, cattle, pigs and horses, Tom Farm offers 1,000 acres of arable land, a butchers shop, country store and a breakers yard within its ownership. Recent productions to film in the district include feature film Making Noise Quietly (2019) and TV documentaries Horizon: My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War (2018) and Harry Potter: A History of Magic (2017).

Liar Series 2 is due to air on ITV on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 9pm.


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