Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley star in

BIG LITTLE LIES

Monday 20 February at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore

Foxtel and HBO are proud to present the new drama series Big Little Lies based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, of the same name, and featuring tour de force performances by several top Hollywood actors including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard.

Big Little Lies is a darkly comic drama set in Monterey, CA that begins with a suspicious homicide at an elementary-school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely that the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers: type-A stay-at-home mum Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), who harbors jealousy towards her ex’s new, younger wife Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz), a yoga instructor with a Zen attitude; Madeline’s best friend Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), a former corporate lawyer with a seemingly perfect marriage to a younger man (Alexander Skarsgård); and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), a single mum with a dark past, whom Madeline and Celeste take under their wing. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff – who offer up a Greek chorus of gossip on the town’s allegiances and rivalries, particularly revolving around Madeline and her nemesis, tech-exec career mum Renata Klein (Laura Dern) – the story unspools over seven tense yet subversively funny episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night. Also starring Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling.

Big Little Lies is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild) and written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal). Executive Producer’s include Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Bruna Papandrea, Per Saari, David E. Kelley, Jean-Marc Vallée and Gregg Fienberg.

Following the 8.30pm encore broadcast on showcase Big Little Lies will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.

“Australians and Americans can work together!” joked HBO programming president Casey Bloys when introducing Big Little Lies at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

“Not everyone can relate to living in Monterey, California, a super white, super privileged area, but everyone can relate to being a mother or having been mothered or being in a relationship. Whether those relationships are between their children, or their lovers, infidelity, monogamy, all of these are issues we relate to.”

Just finished the 2 episodes screened so far - totally, totally hooked.

Remarkable.

Big Little Lies is a ratings smash
Mondays at 1pm same time as the US and 8.30pm primetime encore on showcase
or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel’s new drama Big Little Lies has recorded the largest HBO series launch in subscription television history. Its premiere episode cumulative audience acquired 420,000 viewers across its multiple viewings and recordings for its first week on Foxtel.

Based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies features a stellar cast with several top Hollywood actors including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said, “These ratings numbers are a huge coup for a new Foxtel drama series, particularly for a premiere episode. It’s testament to HBO’s powerful story-telling ability, coupled with exceptional casting, and film-like cinematography, that viewers cannot wait to start watching one of their new programs. Our strategy is to deliver widely-anticipated premium drama to our subscribers at the same time as the US broadcast, or as close to the US broadcast as possible to ensure our market is part of the global conversation around the world’s hottest shows. By garnering the largest HBO series launch audience in our history, we’re able to see the results of these programming strategies first-hand.”

Set in the Californian seaside town of Monterey, Big Little Lies begins with a suspicious homicide at a primary school fundraiser. Though the victim and the perpetrator initially remain a mystery, it seems likely the murder was spawned by rivalries and secrets surrounding three mothers. Intercut with interrogation-room insights of other parents and school staff, the story unfolds over seven tense yet darkly comical episodes, revealing how each of the women had something to hide leading up to that one fateful night

Big Little Lies screens on Mondays at 1pm at the same time as the US on Foxtel’s showcase channel. The first episode is currently available for anyone to watch on the Foxtel website at foxtel.com.au.

Following the 8.30pm encore broadcast Monday nights on showcase, each episode of Big Little Lies is available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel On Demand on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.

One of Big Little Lies‘ chief architects just dropped a truth bomb on a potential Season 2.