The original story centres on the extramarital affair between Anna and the dashing cavalry officer, Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, a relationship that scandalised the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forced the young lovers to flee to Italy, only to find upon their return to Russia their lives further unrivalled.
Screenwriter Alice Bell, who was behind the project, turned its title characters, Anna and Xander, into sporting stars, a way to "heighten the transgressiveness of a wife leaving her husband." The story mixes in themes of family and fidelity, as well as seduction and jealously, serving up a "love story that destroys."
Its official description reads: "When a happily married woman meets a man at an airport she feels a spark she hasn't felt in years. After they witness a horrific accident together, an unbreakable bond is formed and she must now reevaluate her life choices, including her relationship with her husband."
The series stars plenty of familiar faces, including Australian actress Sarah Snook as Anna Ivin and Rodger Corser as her husband, Xander Ivin. Other notable members of the cast include Sophie Lowe as Kitty Ballantyne; Celia Pacquola as Dolly Faraday; Daniel Henshall as Kingsley Faraday; Benedict Samuel as Skeet Du Pont; Catherine McClements as Tess Du Pont; and Alexander England as Peter Levin.
Glendyn Ivin and Peter Salmon were the film's directors, produced in partnership with John Edwards and Imogen Banks.
The Beautiful Lie is currently available to stream on Netflix Australia and has already landed itself in the Top 10 to watch.