Liar writers reveal what they have in store for series two of the hit show after gripping finale
Writers Harry and Jack Williams have started work on the sequel but warn it is unlikely to air until 2019
The second series of Liar will be a classic whodunit, following the apparent murder of serial rapist Andrew Earlham at the end of the gripping finale.
Writers Harry and Jack Williams have started work on the sequel but warn it is unlikely to air until 2019.
And while TV’s biggest villain is now very much dead, actor Ioan Gruffudd will star again – because much of the next run will be told in flashback, as viewers discover just how he came to meet his grisly end.
Harry says: “There are certainly a few suspects and we hope to explore that further. Andrew has been missing for several weeks and then we see his dead body in the empty marshlands. The question is: what happened in those missing weeks that led to Andrew’s demise?”
Jack adds: “We’re delighted there will be a second series and we’ve written a bit of it already. We don’t want to do it cynically – it will be a new set of lies and perceptions.
“We want to give ourselves time, it will probably be the year after next. I hope people feel happy to wait.”
The pair are hoping that viewers are satisfied with last night’s final scenes, with Earlham dead after Laura discovered proof of his crimes.
Jack says: “We hope people feel we told the story we set out to tell – of who was lying about Laura’s rape. We’ve raised several more questions with this ending but for those who feel it’s a cruel cliffhanger that asks too many questions, fear not, it’s coming back for another series.”
Actor Gruffudd may be a tad surprised at the show’s return. He said last week that another run was unlikely, adding: “I’d worry how you create tension when you know he committed these crimes. I wouldn’t want to be the writers if they did have to write another.”
Like BBC One’s Doctor Foster, the ITV drama attracted final ratings of eight million. But surgeon Earlham beats the doc’s husband for the title of worst 2017 TV villain hands down.
While slimeball Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) was guilty of cheating on his wife Gemma (Suranne Jones), evil Earlham’s reign of terror – in which he used the drug GHB to rape and film his victims – had clearly been going on for years.
How they got the final shot
The shot of Earlham lying dead in the marshland was the toughest scene to film of the whole series.
Actor Ioan, 44, was a “legend”, said Harry and Jack Williams. Harry adds: “We had to wait for low tide, then get Ioan all the way out there.
“There’s no fancy effects – he lay there in the wet mud while we sent a drone all the way until we find his dead body. It was uncomfortable and lengthy, and he just threw himself into it without complaining. What a legend.”
Under suspicion for the killing are Joanne Froggatt’s character Laura, her sister Katy (Zoe Tapper), fellow rape victim DI Vanessa Harmon (Shelley Conn), or her partner Jennifer (Jill Halfpenny).
Other contenders could be Laura’s ex-boyfriend Tom, (Warren Brown) who lost his police officer job because of Earlham, or the rapist’s son Luke (Jamie Flatters), who lied to give his father an alibi.