ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Just like Apple, Santa and our mothers, HBO has an uncanny ability to know what we want before we do. When we laughed at the idea of watching a family of emotionally crippled gravediggers, we were given the immeasurable gift of Six Feet Under. When we shuddered at the idea of a series depicting the outbreak of a Civil War over a hideous and unnecessarily pointy Iron Throne, we were given Game of Thrones. And I hardly need to mention Westworld, an amalgamation of Jurassic Park, Groundhog Day and Blade Runner which transformed us all into tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists.

Now what if I were to tell you that your next beloved series follows a trio of cliquey school moms involved in a gruesome murder mystery at a trivia night who enjoy jogging together along the sea shore?

If nothing else, HBO has managed to inspire a level of blind trust in its programming prowess, and with the new year dawning upon us, we, the future TV junkies of 2017, are desperately waiting to find out what our next fix is going to be. Well, hold on to your remotes, tinfoil hats and half-baked dreams of joining the local gym because we've been given a 'no strings attached' free sample of our next drug of choice and it's a heady concoction of sex, murder, mystery, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz. Mmm, sounds delicious doesn't it?

Behold! Here's The Trailer For 'Big Little Lies,' Your New Favorite HBO TV Show:

And below, is everything you need to know about it.

'Big Little Lies' News & Rumors

  • Big Little Lies Releases A New Trailer

Teasing us by releasing a new trailer but weeks after the first one dropped, with this delicious new teaser we get a better sense of Big Little Lies' tone — and it's as catty as hell. Including sound bites such as "This is Monterey we pound people with death" and "exactly how psychotic do you think I am?" The all-star cast is clearly relishing the challenge of taking on their vindictively wicked roles and we simple can't wait to see them in full claws-out action.

  • Big Little Lies Is Given February 19 Premiere Date
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]

With news just breaking that HBO will be premiering Big Little Lies on February 19, 2017, at 2100 ET/PT, we can expect the following seven shows that comprise the mini-series to dominate our minds until the season finale on March 2. Filling the highly prized Sunday evening slot which had previously been awarded to Westworld and Game of Thrones, it's clear that HBO expect big things for their upcoming dark comedy thriller based on Liane Moriarty's book of the same name.

  • Nicole Kidman Made 'Big Little Lies' Creator, Liane Moriarty, Cry
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]

Wracking up an intimidatingly impressive six million book sales over the past 12 years, acclaimed author Liane Moriarty, the creator of Big Little Lies, was left lost for words when she saw Nicole Kidman dressed as her character 'Celeste' for the first time. Speaking to TheFix, Liane said that:

"I got a bit teary when I saw her. She looked like something from a fairy tale. She looked gorgeous."

We can only expect she had a similar experience seeing each of her fictional characters being transformed into physical three dimensional beings by the rest of the overwhelmingly talented cast!

'Big Little Lies' Premiere Date

The HBO gods that be have declared Sunday, February 19, 2017 the day that we can finally watch the premiere of the highly anticipated seven-part miniseries. Taking over the prime Sunday 9pm viewing slot, Big Little Lies is clearly expected to become yet another dazzling gem in HBO's already glittering crown. Although like it's Game of Thrones and Westworld predecessors, it may not be the most fitting remedy for a peaceful night of sleep ahead of a new working week. You have been warned.

'Big Little Lies' Plot Rumors

'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]

Based on Liane Moriarty's best selling novel of the same name, Big Little Lies is a mystery crime thriller initially set in Australia but set in America for the TV show. Having received positive feedback from her previous book – 'The Husband's Secret' –after she added a darker twist to her familiar relationship and family centered focus, Liane decided to do a similar thing for Big Little Lies, but this time unravelling a murder mystery which took place amongst a group of parents at a school trivia party.

What We Know:

  • Jane (Shailene Woodley) arrives in a new town with her young son and a secret she's been harboring for five years (possibly in relation to the paternity of her child).
  • On her sons first day of school, Jane meets the bolshy Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) who has a penchant for holding on to grudges and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) who is stunningly beautiful, but with an unnerving nervous energy surrounding her.
  • The three women form a bond while still keeping each other at arms length, each protecting their own well of secrets.
  • It transpires that during a school benefit party where all the women are dressed as Audrey Hepburn and all the the men are dressed as Elvis, that someone has been killed and we do not who it is, or who has perpetrated the crime, but we do know that Jane, Madeline and Celeste are all somehow involved.
  • In the book after each chapter we are given a snippet of the interrogation which was conducted by the detective after the murder took place. We can therefore expect a similar gradual reveal of the victim and the suspect over the course of the thrilling series.

'Big Little Lies' Cast And Characters

1. Nicole Kidman As Celeste Wright

Celeste is beautiful but is harboring a dark secret, and is deeply miserable. She is the mother of twin sons, Max and Josh, but her relationship with her rich husband Perry is not the idyllic partnership that it may appear to be to the outside world.

2. Reese Witherspoon As Madeline Martha Mackenzie

Bolshy, outspoken and not averse to holding a grudge, Madeline has a young daughter but is bitterly resentful that she is forming a strong relationship to her ex-husbands new wife, Bonnie.

3. Shailene Woodley As Jane Chapman

Jane arrives in town with her young son Ziggy who is enrolled at the local primary school where Madeline and Celeste's children also attend. Having had a drunken, and quite violent, one night stand with Ziggy's father, Shailene is attempting to track him down, and he may actually be closer than anyone realizes.

4. Laura Dern As Renata Klein

'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]
'Big Little Lies' [Credit: HBO]

Leader of the 'Blonde Bobs,' a very specific, shallow clique of the school moms, Renata is always at the centre of the playground politics and ends up confronting Jane over an argument between their children.

5. Alexander Skarsgard As Perry Wright

'What Maisie Knew' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]
'What Maisie Knew' [Credit: Millennium Entertainment]

The charming husband of Celeste, and father to their two sons, Perry is a high flying business man with mountains of money, but beneath the surface he's also shallow and violent which leads to his marriage with Celeste becoming increasingly strained.

6. Adam Scott As Ed Mackenzie

'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]

The wonderfully kind Ed only wants to be the best that he can be for his wife Madeline and their children. He's helplessly in love with Madeline and would do anything for her.

7. Zoe Kravitz As Bonnie Carlson

Married to Madeline's ex-husband, Bonnie is a yoga instructor who takes spirituality very seriously and balances being both sensitive and strong, which takes a lot when faced with Madeline's jealous wrath.

Where To Watch 'Big Little Lies' Online

Big Little Lies (Credit: HBO)
Big Little Lies (Credit: HBO)

As Big Little Lies is a HBO created program, you will need a subscription to the cable entertainment channel to be able to either watch the show through your TV or to stream it across the net. However with shows such as Westworld, Game of Thrones, The Night Of and The Wire on its impressive roster, getting a subscription might not be such a bad idea.


Who do you think is going to be the run away star of 'Big Little Lies?'