‘You stole my life and now I’m going to steal yours…’
In this week’s instalment of ITV1’s Monday night crime drama Liar we learned that these were Dr Andrew Earlham’s final words to lead character Laura. Was it just a vague and empty threat? Or was there real meaning behind it? It’s impossible to say at this stage, but one theory that seems to make sense is that the evil swine at the centre of this whole thing may well have committed suicide and framed Laura for his murder – such was his hatred for his vengeful victim.
It’s tempting to believe. But with so many suspects still in the frame here at the halfway stage, any viewer who claims to know what really happened has to be something of a liar themselves.
‘A lot of people are looking for you, Andrew Earlham. I know you, and I know what you did to my wife. I want you to think about my wife. I want you to think about her and all the other women you’ve hurt as your lungs fill up with water and your world turns black.’
Ouch. That’s a pretty intense thing to say to someone. Of course, you can forgive Carl here for his hatred of Earlham. He was righteous in his fury as he threw the vile doctor overboard, tied up and destined to drown. Carl’s wife Winnie was one of many women Earlham had brutalised, after all.
So Carl killed him, then? Not quite. This is only episode 3, after all. Ioan Gruffud’s character broke free underwater and managed to escape Carl’s angry clutches using a secreted tool of his trade, a razor sharp scalpel. So that’s one suspect ticked off the list. Carl didn’t kill him, even if he thought he had for some time.
To be fair to Carl, we can understand why he thought he had offed the man. ‘None of this makes any sense. I just don’t understand how he could have survived that’, Carl says here. And he has a point – it was an expert escapology act that made Harry Houdini look like Tommy Cooper locked in his downstairs toilet.
A mysterious shipping container and its seemingly quite shocking contents (a dead body, you imagine) could play a part in unravelling the mystery. DI Karen Renton’s smarmy grin suggests that she believes it’s something that ties Laura to the murder.
Renton, a fun but not entirely realistic character, is rather keen on pinning the murder on Laura. Why, though? A hunch? Perhaps – ‘My instinct tells me you did this’, Renton says at one point. It’s possible, however, that she’s looking for a fall girl. Could Renton be Earlham’s killer…? It’s a fanciful idea, but an interesting one nonetheless.
Also drawing suspicion are Vanessa (Shelley Conn) and her wife Jennifer (Jill Halfpenny), as well as investigating officer Rory Maxwell (Danny Webb) and his argumentative police officer son Greg. None of whom have ruled themselves firmly in or out as firm suspects at this stage.
Liar continues to entertain here in series 2 episode 3. It does so, however, in a fairly cheap way. It’s fun and undoubtedly watchable, but long gone is any idea of realism or underlying theme. We’re firmly in potboiler territory. But in these rather worrying times, with everything that’s going on in the world, it’s all but impossible not to welcome the distraction.
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