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7 reasons you'll be hooked on Big Little Lies, the glam murder mystery starting on telly tonight

Wine, Witherspoon and cursing – what’s not to love?

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BY NOW, YOU’VE probably seen ads for Big Little Lies, the glossy new television series that kicks off on Sky Atlantic tonight.

The glitzy whodunnit is set in the affluent town of Monterey, California, and follows a group of competitive parents in a public school and traces the investigation of a murder in the town.

The series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) and written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal). It’s based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. That’s some pretty strong pedigree right there.

Imagine if Gone Girl mated with Mean Girls, and you’re in the right ballpark. Here’s why you should watch it.

First of all, let’s talk about the cast.

It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott. That’s some serious star power.

And nobody’s phoning it in either. Reese Witherspoon is her usual tightly wound self. Nicole Kidman is quietly powerful. Shailene Woodley is broody and mysterious.

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The credits are mesmerising and include all the lead actresses strutting their stuff in masquerade ball garb.

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And the theme song is absolutely gorgeous.

Perfect driving music. You’re guaranteed to be humming it every week.

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It’s basically rich people house porn.

So many beachfront mansions with sea views. So many giant closets.

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And all they do is drink giant chalices of wine.

Seriously. Their wine glasses put Olivia Pope’s to shame.

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Side-note: Big Little Lies is the definition of wine telly. Pour it up.

If you’ve ever wanted to hear Reese Witherspoon use bad words and say things like, “She probably gives mint-flavored organic blow jobs,” you’re in luck.

Reese gets all the best one-liners and she delivers them with aplomb. Case in point? When she yells, “Get laid, bitch!” at a fellow driver. Classic.

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Also, she gave us this GIF.


There are too many, “Yep, that’s me” moments to count.

I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.

Same, girl.

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The mini-series starts at 9pm on Sky Atlantic tonight. Make sure you put your wine in the fridge.

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Amy O'Connor

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