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I've recently just finished watching Lie to Me on Netflix, we were bored, had watched things we'd heard of so randomly picked this. Must say, I'm glad we did.
What's it all about?
Cal Lightman is the main guy, he runs a sort of lie detection firm, they can tell if people are lying by their facial expressions, body language, voice pitch etc. That got us hooked straight away, it's really interesting seeing what these "micro expressions" mean and now my husband can never lie to me again because I'll totally know. I think. Anyway. I'm not really that keen on Cal to be honest, I preferred him in the earlier episodes but by the end of season three, I really couldn't cope with his swagger, his complete and utter arrogance and his personality in general. I like how his relationships with certain characters develop but no, he's an idiot.
Cal's business partner is Gillian Foster (they tend to just call her Foster though). I really liked her as a character although she kind of lets Cal walk all over her a little bit, she occasionally shows a bit of strength towards him but then backs down. Pfft. They have a good relationship though.
Cal employs several people, including Ria Torres and Eli Loker, again they kind of just call everybody by their surnames. Which is a bit odd. Ria is the newbie, she's learning the ropes but is naturally quite good at this lie detection stuff. Loker has been there longer, him and Cal don't really get on very well, Cal isn't very nice to him.
Cal has a teenage daughter called Emily, I like their relationship, it's very loving and shows a much nicer side to Cal than what we see the rest of the side.
So this group of people work with local law enforcement, the FBI, the CIA, people like that to solve crimes. Sometimes I think they think they're the police but really they have no authority over anybody or anything so I find some parts really very unrealistic. I mean, why would you confess stuff to them or let them search your house, why? You wouldn't.
On one hand I really enjoyed Lie To Me and was disappointed when it came to a very abrupt ending but it's not the best TV show, the idea behind it is interesting but it gets very, very repetitive and after a few episodes, you kind of think you're just watching the same one over and over again.
They should have spent more time developing the relationships between the characters, it sort of hinted that it was going to do that and as the series progressed, they did show more of that side of things but no way near enough.
Definitely give it a go if you're looking for something new to watch.
Lie To Me is an American television series, which first aired in January 2009. The second series has now been shown and a third will definitely be coming along soon.
The show revolves around deception expert, Dr Cal Lightman, (Tim Roth) and his colleagues, who form the Lightman Group. This group is hired by third parties, including local and federal law enforcement, to help solve crimes. They do this by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects and reading their facial expressions and body movements. Cal and his team are like walking lie detectors and it is virtually impossible to get a lie past them. Once they know someone is lying, they will probe deeper to find the truth and help solve the crime.
Dr Cal Lightman is played brilliantly by British actor, Tim Roth. Cal is the founder of the group and he devised a method of reading microexpressions and body language and now uses this to help solve crimes and injustices. Cal is a loving dad to teenager Emily, who lives with him. He is divorced from Emily's mum, but still has an on/off relationship with her, but he also cares deeply about colleague, Gillian Foster.
Dr Gillian Foster is played by Kelli Williams, who plays this part brilliantly. Gillian is a lovely person, who's life has never gone according to her plans or dreams. Her marriage has broken up and the baby she was going to adopt had to be returned to her birth mother. She comes across as being a deeply sad person, although she tries hard to hide it. Gillian is very attracted to Cal and he obviously feels the same and it would be nice to see them getting together.
Eli Loker and Ria Torres are the young guns on the team. They have both found themselves on the wrong side of their boss, but have so much potential in this field, that Cal has given them more than a few chances.
The newest edition to the group is Ben Reynolds, played by Mekhi Phifer. He is a FBI agent who's been sent in to assist the team of deception experts. At first it is obvious that he's not happy with his assignment and doesn't believe in the abilities of the team. He soon realises just how good they are though and gives them the assistance they need.
I found that I warmed very quickly to Ben and I am glad he is now a permanent character.
I am looking forward to a new series of Lie To Me. The stories are quite similar and some are predictable, but they are very enjoyable. The characters have been well thought out and are developing nicely. The only characters I haven't completely warmed to are Eli and Ria, who could still do with some more fleshing out.
If you haven't seen Lie To Me yet, it's worth taking a look. Each episode is a new story, so you can join in at any time and you will quickly work out what's going on.
In my opinion this is definitely a 5 star show.
Lie to me is a series that I really didn't expect I would like. It was recommended to me by a friend and I was told that together with a great story, "Tim Roth" was brillant as the shows lead. But as I have become increasingly tired over the years of all the crime detecting series that have come out, I decided that I would give it a miss.
That was however until I flicked the channel over not that long ago and caught a bit of an episode. From that point I became addicted.
The show is not your typical crime series but something much different. Although the basis of it is that "Tim Roth" and co use techniques about reading facial expressions in order to catch criminals, many of the episodes dont follow the catch a crook, see if he's lying, then arrest him rule. It covers a wide range of topics, including on occassions, companys wanting to know if their employees are trust worthy, obviously leading us onto deeper plots using "Tom Roths" - Cal Lightmans techniques to do so.
The show revolves around Cal Lightman, who is an expert in lie detection, his company and the people he employs. Each character has a strong personality and we constantly have little stories occuring in each episode that intertwine with each other. We also have a story going on betweeen the main characters that unfolds more and more with each episode, that will obviously lead us to want to keep watching so that we can see the out come of developing relationships.
I would have to say that at present this is my favourite tv programme involving crime. It takes a new look at how to do things and is made amazing by the presence of the great "Tim Roth", a guy who's own facial expressions and mannerisms are something great to watch even if your not keen on the programme.
The actual concept of this show is pretty weak, Cal Lightman is an expert in reading peoples expressions to basically see if they're lying. Using this solves crimes, prevents general wrong-doings and is a bit of a maverick-saviour. Doesn't sound great does it?
Excellent casting, superb plots and even better sub-plots made this one of the best TV shows around and a definite must see. Tim Roth's acting career may have hit a bit of a standstill but having seen the likes of Keither Sutherland, Jessica Love Hewitt et al reignite their careers in TV shows, he's followed a well trodden but well advised path.
Roth is superb as Lightman, the leader of his own organisation that is a gun for hire in unravelling lies whilst also closely working with law enforcement and Government agencies.
It would be wrong to give away too much of the plots to anyone interested but the cleverest part of the show is the on-going plot involving Roth's somewhat secret past and why he became involved in reading peoples expressions. Added to that the deception and conflicts of interest involving his closest and most trusted and you get a tangle of mystery.
Roth's career will no doubt, should he choose, get a kickstart following this. I've seen very few performances as a loveable rogue done so well as this one.
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Stubbled across this show sort of accidentally. I always use to go on about how I find it intersting how we position ourselves within a classroom, or choosing a specific seat in an empty room can reveal so much. A friend of mine mentioned that a new show had started on Sky One and i may like it. Now i had missed the first episode or 2 and don't particualry like to watch an episode unless it's from the very beggining. Anyhoo so I see it on the TV, and from the first 5 minutes it has me hoocked. I record the rest of the series.
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This is a US America Drama, each episode an hour long and its purpose it to detect those who are lieing. Dr.Cal Lightman is the main guy, he runs the office and group. Basically the police, FBI or general families will call upon Cal and his team to try and solve various cases. It's amazing what they find out from just talking to the people and is intersting how their approach is differnt to say the FBI's or Interrogation teams.
An example of this is when a guy is being interrogated in a hostile room on his own tied up. Cal storms in, unties the guy and lets him sit freely on a chair. His claim is that you can't get a true reading from someone when they will only be showing one emotion, which would be fear. You have to change the situation.
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Me and my dad actually found ourselves when watching this trying to read the characters also. We was looking for the facial expressions and also the various body langauge movements. I kind of felt as though I was learning something while watching it.
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When I originally saw the advert for Lie to Me, I thought it was some kind of reality show with an expert trying to work out whether someone was lying or not. Once I found out this was a drama series I wasn't as keen to watch it, but watched anyway. Not being a fan of the usual detective series such as CSI and the likes, I was pleasnatly surprised that I really enjoyed this programme.
Tim Roth ... Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams ... Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines ... Eli Loker
Monica Raymund ... Ria Torres
~~~What's it About~~~
The show follows an organisation of facial expression experts as the try to help the FBI with their investigations. The organisation is called the Lightman Group, with Dr. Cal Lightman being the leading expert not only within the organisation but also in the entire world.
Each episode generally consists of a main storyline and a secondary story. The 4 characters named above split in to two groups of two.
~~~Opinion on Show~~~
For me this is easily the best detective related show on the tv. As I said above, I'm not usually a fan of these shows, so for me to like it shows how good the show actually is.
The storylines in the show are always excellent and you never quite know what is going to happen next. There's only been one or two episodes of the show when I knew pretty much what was going to happen. For me this is like a breath of fresh air from otehr shows and movies which you can basically tell what's going to happen from the beginning.
Even though the second series has just begun on Sky One, I find it very impressive that the writers continue to produce such excellent stories which aren't in anyway repetitive. Adding to that, some stories also continue onto other episodes, integrating themselves in without taking anything away from that episodes main story.
All of the leading characters in the show are excellent, but Tim Roth is definetely the stand-out. Being the leading expert his character (Cal) shows the widest range of emotions, and Tim Roth manages every one exceptionally. The cases which he is involved in are generally the ones with the most twists and turns, therefore being the hardest to predict.
I would recommend this show to anyone, fans of this type of thing or not. For anyone who does usually like shows like CSI then this has to be a must watch. 10/10
Channel : Sky 1
When : Thursdays (Usually at 10pm)
Runtime : 60 min (including ads)
Series so Far : 2
Lie To Me is a US-based drama featuring British actor Tim Roth as the lead character, Dr Cal Lightman. The series is based around a company called the Lightman Group which features a team of deception experts who are trained to be like "human lie detectors". They achieve this by analysing "micro facial expressions" which are said to reveal the truth behind what someone is saying. This is based on actual real-life research and the series is in fact based on the life of clinical psychologist Paul Ekman. Lie To Me is a fascinating drama and some of the story lines have been quite intense, including terrorist attacks and other very serious crimes. The idea of micro expressions is very interesting and I can guarantee you'll be looking for micro expressions in friends and family members within a short time of watching the series!! When characters refer to particular micro expressions and their meanings, there are often flash shots of various well known public figures re-creating that same micro expression - which can be very amusing! All in all, it's a terrific series and a "must watch".
Lie To Me premiered on the Fox Network in January 2009, and has been broadcast in the UK on Sky One in May 2009. Although the first series has come to end now, I'm sure there will be many repeats available on Sky One, or Sky Two, or Sky Three or any other franchise of Sky that may unexpectedly pop up over night.
Lie To Me follows the cases The Lightman Group (a private contractor company) investigate into determining deception in many different situations, typically from law enforcement agencies and occasionally from wealthy clients using the art of psychology. This psychology ranges from studying the body language of suspects and witnesses, the facial expression of emotions (based upon the real life Facial Action Coding System developed in 1976) and even more interestingly and harder to detect micro-expressions.
Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) - Unsurprisingly, as the name suggests, the founder of The Lightman Group. A psychologist, his expertise lies with the ability to detect body language and unravelling micro-expressions which are crucial in uncovering lies and hidden truths. Not a natural at reading micro-expressions, Cal devoted years to training himself to master the art. He is divorced and has joint custody of his daughter that pops up sporadically in the show.
Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams) - Another psychologist, her expertise lies more in the area of understanding the motives behind certain behaviour and the likely actions any suspects may take in certain circumstances which is crucial to diffusing dangerous situations. She has a close relationship with Cal, but makes it clear that the team's ability (and especially Cal's) to read lies should never cross over into their personal lives - something not easy to stick to when suspicions over her husband arise!
Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) - With no formal training, Ria is recruited by Cal in the first episode as through an outstanding record at spotting suspicious behaviour as an airport security officer he recognises her talent as a "natural". This effectively means she can always tell when someone is lying - later revealed to be through abuse at her father's hands as a child and the need to detect drastic mood changes for self preservation. She becomes Cal's protégée and whilst being very talented is still very raw, and often her emotions cloud her judgement.
Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) - They eye candy for the show (sorry not relevant), Eli, unlike Ria, has formal qualifications and like Cal had trained himself in the art of reading people. He is a character that can cause much controversy due to living his life by a "radical honesty" doctrine which means simply that he'll tell the truth in any situation, regardless of how tactless it may be. Due to a serious error in judgement he was demoted from a paid employee down to an intern status.
Ben Reynolds (Mekhi Phifer) - a late addition to the team only joining in the penultimate episode of the first series Ben is the experienced FBI agent to give armed assistance in some of their more dangerous cases - so far we have learnt little about him, but he has shown to have a higher than average ability in reading people and situations that suggest he will fit into the group effortlessly.
Each episode often incorporates several different cases where the team split apart to investigate each case separately. To keep this show fresh and interesting the cases need to be diverse and original each time, and I think that so far each episode has delivered a new angle which succeeds in making it worth watching every week.
These cases have ranged from abducted children, suspicious deaths, hostage situations, terrorist bombings to fraud. I always feel like in each case we learn a new body language technique or a new micro-expression that is common in every (normal) person which may uncover a lie. My personal favourite episode was a copycat serial killer and how the team had to try to read the original serial killer - a dangerous and intelligent pathological liar - in a race against time to save a kidnapped woman. This was a grizzly and chilling episode which showed the full force of what the show is capable of and how vital the art of lie detecting can be.
I particularly like the fact that real life examples are often used by both the team to compare expressions they may have captured for suspects/witnesses plus (irrelevantly to the storyline of the episode) to signify an approaching advert break by the show's producers. Strange that 95% of these examples seem to be politicians betraying their guilt, shame or defensive body language unconsciously - and very odd that more often than not that politician seems to be Bill Clinton. I didn't know that politicians lied!
I also enjoy the slow character development throughout the show. In each episode the cases take centre stage, and we just get subtle hints into the personal lives of each team member, enough to keep us interested and enough to give each character some proper depth. The focus on each character varies from episode to episode so you feel like no character is more important than any other...with the exception of Cal Lightman himself.
For me, Tim Roth absolutely makes this show work. He portrays the character of Cal Lightman in such a way that he is so compelling and intriguing that you can't help but be captivated by him. His wry sense of humour and ability to become a chameleon to turn any situation to his advantage and get quick results just makes for some seriously entertaining TV.
The rest of the cast are also brilliant in their roles - there isn't a weak link amongst them. I believe that it is the quality of the writing, the exciting and diverse storylines, the gradual character development and excellent acting that has made each episode fascinating and gripping to watch in the first series. The series has been commissioned for a second series so I shall remain ever hopeful that this quality can continue well into the future of the show.
The only downside to this show is the fact that I now find myself trying to observe people to try to pick up on any obvious signs of lying or betrayals of emotions - oh did you just raise your eyebrows? Did you just cross your arms - that's very defensive didn't you know? Was that an unconscious facial twitch? Are you lying to me?
2. Moral Waiver
3. A Perfect Score
4. Love Always
6. Do No Harm
7. The Best Policy
8. Depraved Heart
9. Life Is Priceless
10. Better Half
Lie To Me is effectively another crime show, but with the crime detecting skills revolving around the psychology of body language and human emotion rather than the typical forensic techniques. For me this psychological slant makes this show far more compelling than most other crime shows I have watched. The quality of the writing and acting never wavers in any episode, and the diverse range of storylines and fascinating new techniques or micro-expressions to discover in each episode keeps you hooked with rapt attention.
Lie to Me is definitely not one to be missed!
Before watching this i had just finished watching the mentalist and thought it was going to be more of the same, I enjoyed the mentalist alot but Lie to me was better on every level.
The show is about the Lightman institute, the institute researches body language and facial expressions. They are contracted to various agencies and individuals to get to the truth of a given situation. Like the police, lawyers etc.
Now my first warning if you have a suspicious partner, do not let them watch this show, as they will spend the rest of the week watching for a facial expression they think tells them you're lying ha.
Theo show goes into great depth to explain each expression and what it means, so almost makes for a documentary feel sometimes, how much truth is in the show I do not know, but it does make a nice change from the constant cop shows or CSI.
Tim Roth is absolutely perfect as the arrogant, rough and yet brilliant Dr Lightman, perfectly cast and played. The situations that their skills are used is always interesting but the show does a lot more than that.
It actually shows how hard the world would be without the ability to tell a lie, how could you have a relationship with someone when you know if they lie. Dr Lightman watches his colleague turn a blind eye when it should be obvious to her that her husband is having an affair for example.
The end of season one really does reveal a lot of about Lightman and the reason why he does what he does.
This is a very interesting and entertaining show and Roth is perfect.
Lie to Me is a new american crime drama on Sky one every Thursday. Each 40 minute episode is an interesting glimpse into the work of a company specialising in human behaviour and more importantly deception.
Dr Cal Lightman, played brilliantly by Tim Roth, and his team are employed by various companies and individuals to investigate people who they believe to be lying. Dr Lightman and his team investigate by looking at human behaviour in people such as facial twitches and inflections and tone of voice to spot the deception and catch them out in their lies. These people have sometimes even beaten lie detectors.
There is a back story brewing for each of the team members which is developing through each episode. Eli Loker, the chap who cant help but tell the truth however inappropriate. Ria Torres, the "natural" human lie detector who's past may have shaped her ability and Dr Gillian Foster who's husband is lying to her, oblivious to her but glaringly obvious to Ria and Dr Cal.
All of the findings from each case (of which there are normally two) are explained and proven using pictures and examples from real life crimes or situations......the best and funniest example of a lie showing in an involuntary facial expression was demonstrated by a clip of Bill Clinton denying any relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
I was hooked after watching the first episode and then myself and the other half were even more shocked when we watched a real crime show that repeated all the so called tricks of the trade from the "drama" show Lie to Me.
This is a show that has definatly been sky+'d and series linked in my house and i cant wait for each episode.
Although i have never been able to lie successfully to my partner, after watching this programme he wont be able to lie to me either.......
'Lie to Me' is a new American TV show in the same mould as the fabulous new show 'The Mentalist'. The show follows a deception expert and his team as they help the FBI uncover the truth behind all kinds of crimes by knowing when people are lieing or showing signs of anxiety.
Dr Cal Lightman heads up the operation after studying human mannerisms for years and then lecturing on them for a while. He knows lie detector tests are flawed and can be beaten, but the seemingly 1,000s of human expressions that tell us what we are thinking can not be cheated. He knows all of these and his team, collectively, aren't far behind. To see them solve crimes by setting people up, zooming in on facial tweaks and tone of voice really is interesting stuff and makes a change from the usual DNA shows that seemingly always make it to the air.
I have seen the first 4 episodes of the first series, so now is the time to get into it if you haven't already, and the stories have all been great so far. I now love the way that I can sometimes spot when someone is not telling the truth and this is not guess work, it is based on something that Dr Cal has mentioned before. They always explain what they have seen that gives the game away for the culprit and this, as my husband says, is a huge problem for anyone who even tells a white lie to someone who has seen this show. He will have to behave himself in future!!!!
'Lie to Me' are 40 minute episodes that cram a lot of intrigue into them. Episode 2 had a particularly good way of showing two different stories in one episode whilst still allowing the team to come together and work on each other's case at the same time. This is not the norm in US crime shows and I thought this was a really nice touch and added to the un-predictable nature of the show.
The acting and special effects are really good too. I love the way the camera focuses in on the things that the team are seeing in their suspects. It sometimes means they don't need to discuss it between them for our benefit and can just get on with solving the crime. It is really well put together and I can't wait for the next episode.
This is quite a new show on to our screens and it is fantastic. This is a programme that has the edge and angle that I personally haven't encountered on any programme so far.
I find watching this so interesting,. It is based around an lie analyst who interogates suspects and analyses their behaviour to see if they are lying or not. It also shows you little movements that the untrained eye would not notice and relates these back to celebrities that also shows these traits.
The programe is really interesting how the analyst whittles away suspects. Although it is a little unrealistic, as in real life him saying that "oh he just moved his eyebrow" would not be accepted as legal way to prosecute somone...but hey its tv, anything can happen!
Overall the programme is a great watch and very interesting, although you may find yourself looking at your partner going..."oh your lying"
Just when you thought that there was no new angle possible in the already crowded world of US crime drama, along comes 'Lie to Me' with its own unique take on the genre. Tim Roth stars as a nutty professor type who is called in to investigate FBI cases, but his brief is always the same - he has to discover whether people are telling the truth simply by observing them and noting their body language, particularly their facial expressions and hand movements.
What I find especially good about this well-written series is that we are invited to be come amateur lie detectors ourselves - Roth's character explains how he has come to his conclusion, and we are then shown photographic instances of famous people displaying exactly the same body language, thus cementing our belief that what he is saying really is true rather than fiction. This is particularly amusing when you then watch other US crime drama series, which I often do, as you then find yourself watching the suspects being interviewed and trying to work out for yourself if they are telling the truth - and of course if you move away from television, you can use your new found knowledge to try and catch out colleagues, friends etc in untruths!! This means that you feel involved in a way that is sometimes lacking in other series - how many of us for instance are ever going to be in a situation where we have to carry out a post mortem on a dead body??
Roth does have a couple of female sidekicks with similarly impressive powers of detecting lies, but he is the undoubted star of the show. I probably never would have watched this programme if it hadn't been scheduled straight after 'Bones', and there may be some of you out there who are still unconvinced, but I would urge you to watch an episode, and suspect that you might like me end up hooked.
Lie to Me is a brand new US series which has now come to Sky1 (the first episode was shown tonight!).
Tim Roth headlines in this programme as Dr Cal Lightman, a deception expert who's team is hired by the FBI, police and individuals to discover the truth as to whether a person is lying or not by detecting even the slightest movement, facial expression and eye contact for signs of lying or nervousness.
The programme is essentially a crime series, like CSI: Crime Scene Investigators and Without a Trace, but this show has a twist. Dr Lightman is not a police officer and so the show doesn't follow a group of police officers with guns going after the wrong guy, but follows a group of psychologists who interview the suspects in the cases they are dealing with, and discover who is lying and who is telling the truth until they get the result they were looking for, and the confession they need.
The first episode as an example is about a young teacher who has been murdered in her home. The main suspect is one of her pupils whose parents didn't agree with the book she was teaching her son- The Color Purple, as they see it as "pornograhic", they are hugely religious and don't believe in sex, or sexual arousal. Their son is arrested as he fails the polygram test (lie detector) on the night of the murder, but Dr Lightman discovers he is innocent, but he has to prove that to the police team he is working with...only the body language of the dead teacher can get to the truth...and the pictures the accused has taken.
The show is very interesting, and its difficult to take your eyes away from the screen! If you like crime investigation programmes like I have mentioned before then you will loe this show!
Catch it on Sky One, Thursdays at 10pm, its an amazing show, and I am sure you will love it!!! :-D The pilot episode was on tonight, but the first showing of the new series starts on Thursday 21st May so get watching!!!!!
Not many people are good at it. Women are, reputedly, better at it than men. Those that are can make themselves very rich. Those that aren't spend most of their lives wishing they were. What are we talking about?
How often have you looked at and listened to someone and thought, I don't believe them? How did you know they were lying, and I don't mean just because they were a politician or a second-hand car dealer? Maybe it was your partner? Partners either never believe anything or ignore all the signs and still believe.
But, what are those signs? We all have some instinct for body language and it is often said that understanding someone is as much to do with their body language and facial expressions as with what they actually say. It is my belief that this is really the main objection to the Muslim niqab or burqa. You simply have no way of judging whether or not the speaker is telling the truth.
Lie to Me is a new US TV series which is shortly, I understand, to come to Sky 1. I have been fortunate to have watched the first episode and I have to say that this is a series that I am really looking forward to. The story is based around a consultant group who specialise in non-verbal communications and whose skills are used by the police in order to get the truth from suspects. Their ability is in detecting those microscopic body and facial "twitches" that reveal the truth of what the person knows.
The series is based upon the real-life work of American psychologist, Paul Ekman, who is a world-renowned expert in the field. In Lie to Me his character is loosely represented in the lead role of Cal Lightman, played by British actor and Quentin Tarentino favourite, the brilliant Tim Roth. The difference here though is that for once he doesn't have to fake an American accent, although, as we know from the likes of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, there is nothing wrong with his American accents.
Roth plays the head of the Lightman Group and works with a team of experts who each contribute to cases referred to them by authorities who desperately need their help. Working with him is Dr Gillian Foster, played by American actor Kelli Williams (The Practice, Medical Investigation...) and Eli Loker, played by American actor Brendan Hines (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles...).
In the first episode and new character also joins the team, a natural body language reader, Ria Torres, played by American actor Monica Raymund. She has never been taught the skills of seeking out the truth but is invariably right. What she doesn't have the ability to use these skills appropriately in the specific situations in which her new colleagues find themselves. That she will have to learn.
The opening episode starts with Lightman questioning a right-wing extremist suspect regarding a bomb he is believed to have placed. We see close-ups of the facial twitches that give him away and see how quickly they lead Lightman to uncover the location of the bomb, even though the suspect says practically nothing during the "interview". The whole process, though very theatrical and undoubtedly unlike real-life, is fascinating.
Indeed, fascinating is undoubtedly the best description of the series, along with engrossing. I, for one, cannot wait to see the rest when they are eventually shown here in the UK. I strongly suggest you will be as well. It is reported that Sky has secured the rights and will be airing the first series "...in the Spring..." and as we are there now I recommend that you keep your eyes peeled on the TV listings.
I will be.
The show tells the tale of a deception expert who helps uncover the truth for the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations, and individuals. Dr. Cal Lightman and his team are effectively human polygraph machines, and no truth can be concealed from them.