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Liar: A Judgement-Questioning Drama
Rebecca Garbutt looks at ITV's latest hard hitting drama Liar as it tackles controversial issues
ITV's most intrepid and controversial drama of this autumn is now upon us, in the form of the new drama Liar. It stars Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt as Laura, a schoolteacher who accuses surgeon Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) of raping her after a dinner-date, when she clearly remembers saying no.
“The audience is encouraged to scrap all their preconceived ideas of what really happened
Whilst I have been enjoying watching this series, especially as I'm a big fan of the two leading actors, the story does seem to be on the unrealistic side (imagine Doctor Foster like stalking) with Laura breaking in to Andrew's house and accidentally leaving her earring, a sign that if she really wanted to change profession she should at least learn to not get caught. Likewise, this drama has the same cringe feeling when looking at the other minor characters. Are these characters based on real people? I've never met anyone who has asked their ex-boyfriend, who they now have a weird "are we more than friends still" relationship with, to break the law.
“Liar looks to break down the stereotypes surrounding rape victims and their cries for justice
So, is the show treading in waters that it can't swim in, or is it a brave thing to do, in the hope that victims will feel they are gaining more attention? If you want to decide, Liar reaches its climax on Monday at 9pm on ITV.