Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Monday 11th September including ITV's big new drama Liar

Here the TV Times team of expert reviewers highlight three of the best shows on telly tonight for Monday 11th September including ITV’s big new drama Liar

Liar, 9.00pm, ITV

Liar Jo and Ioan

Is the truth always black and white? How can two people have different recollections of a single event? That’s the idea behind this emotional thriller. After a date with shocking consequences, Laura (Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) have deeply contrasting memories of what happened and chilling accusations are made… The drama is penned by Jack and Harry Williams, writers of addictive thriller The Missing, and you can expect to get just as hooked on Liar, as your perceptions of who’s telling the truth will shift about every 30 seconds. Laura and Andrew each have secrets – and they’re not the only ones… Rating: ****

Rellik, 9.00pm, BBC1

Rellik

There’ll be no time to put the kettle on while watching tonight’s second gripping thriller from the pens of the busy Williams brothers (see also Liar) – you’ll need your wits about you to keep up with the twisty premise! The action centres on a serial killer who burns his victims, but the clever USP is that the action moves backwards in time from when the prime suspect is shot, to explore the complex route the case has taken. We’ll also learn how investigating officer DCI Gabriel Markham (Game of Thrones’ Richard Dormer) was burned by the killer, while the origins of his affair with his colleague DI Elaine Shepard (Jodi Balfour) are also set to be revealed… Rating: ****

Upstart Crow, 8.30pm, BBC2

Upstart Crow

As Ben Elton’s Elizabethan sitcom returns, Will Shakespeare (David Mitchell) is possibly more self-important than ever, and is determined to get a coat of arms so that gentlemen won’t look down on his humble beginnings. Cue a plot that includes befriending African prince Otello and trying to bribe the odious Robert Greene (a wonderful Mark Heap). David Mitchell’s pompous Bard continues to be a delight, and the knowing nods to the present day (doubting a black actor will get to play the lead, predicting the popularity of reality TV) still get the biggest laughs. Rating: ****