Joanne Froggatt plays teacher Laura Nielson in Liar

When it comes to TV that tackles controversial or sensitive subjects, brothers Jack and Harry Williams are the masters.

In The Missing they took on every parent’s nightmare, looking at what the disappearance of a child can do to a family and community, as well as those investigating the case.

The brothers bring the same sensitivity and honesty to their new series Liar, which stars Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt as recently-single teacher Laura Nielson.

Laura agrees to go on a date with suave surgeon Andrew Earlham, played by Ioan Gruffudd, and at first they seem to hit it off. But the next day, Laura and Andrew have different accounts of the night before. 

Laura is certain Andrew raped her and reports the incident to the police. On the other hand, Andrew is equally certain that they were both consenting adults. But who is telling the truth?

Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Earlham and Joanna Froggatt as Laura

As the events unfold, secrets are revealed about both Andrew and Laura that only seem to muddy the waters.

In 2017, TV tackled the subject of sexual assault more openly than ever before with dramas like Broadchurch and Apple Tree Yard leading the charge.

Liar continues the discussion, wondering how the truth can be found when it’s a case of ‘he said, she said’.

Combining drama and suspense, the six-part series doesn’t shy away from asking complex and necessary questions about sexual assault and consent.

There are two sides to every story, but only one truth.

Watch a new episode of Liar Sundays on TVNZ 1 and OnDemand. Meet the cast of Liar here.

Liar is a fictional story. If you are dealing with issues relating to sexual abuse or assault please contact the Rape Crisis national helpline on 0800 88 33 00.