The first thing that hits you about Liar is its breathtaking location. The four-part psychological thriller opens with a sweeping shot of a lone kayak in the marshes: on board is Joanne Froggatt’s character Laura.
Then the drama takes us to Laura’s pretty little seaside town and an ill-fated date night at a fancy restaurant on a pier.
Laura’s home town doesn’t actually exist in the version we see on TV.
The majority of the series is filmed in Deal on the Kent coast, but executive producer and director James Strong also used a number of other locations in order to bring the town to life. “He had a specific look in mind and a specific vision of a place he wanted it to be,” writer Jack Williams explained at a screening in London.
The marshes that you see in the opening scene where Laura goes kayaking are actually located in Tollesbury, on the Essex coast.
Does the restaurant on the pier really exist?
Yes and no. “It’s just a cafe,” says Jack. “It’s a pretty nice cafe, but the sandwiches aren’t great.” A little investigation shows that this spot is actually called Jasin’s Restaurant, which serves soups and sandwiches and all-day breakfasts: not an ideal date location.
However, that striking pier does actually exist, and it’s in Deal.