First Look: Apple Tree Yard

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Emily Watson (A Song For Jenny, The Theory Of Everything) and Ben Chaplin (Cinderella, Mad Dogs) star in BBC One’s new four-part adaptation of Apple Tree Yard, the bestselling psychological thriller by Louise Doughty, which airs this month.

Married with two grown-up children, Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) lives a contented, conventional suburban life. But her world spirals into chaos, when a chance encounter leads to an impulsive and passionate affair with a charismatic stranger (Ben Chaplin).

Despite all her careful plans to keep her home life and career safe and separate from her affair, fantasy and reality soon begin to overlap and everything she values is put at risk, as a life-changing act of violence leads to a Crown Court trial.

Yvonne’s downward trajectory is searingly realised; hers is a life ripped apart as the consequence of one, single, spur-of-the-moment decision – a decision any one of us might make.

Adapted by Bafta-winning author Amanda Coe (Life In Squares, Room At The Top, Margot), Apple Tree Yard will also star Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line Of Duty), Adeel Akhtar (Capital, River), Lydia Leonard (Life In Squares), Frances Tomelty (Unforgotten) and Rhashan Stone (Strike Back).

Made by Kudos, Apple Tree Yard is a provocative, audacious thriller that puts women’s lives at the heart of a gripping, insightful story about the values we live by and the choices we make.

Amanda Coe said, “Apple Tree Yard is that rare thing, a perfectly executed page-turner that’s also a gripping exploration of the difficult moral choices we face in adult relationships.” Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, added, “Louise Doughty’s bestseller Apple Tree Yard is a book that is impossible to put down. We are thrilled to have a fantastic cast led by Emily Watson to bring this story to life on BBC One in Amanda Coe’s breath-taking adaptation of this absorbing and emotional thriller.”

Manda Levin, Executive Producer, Kudos, said, “The role of Yvonne Carmichael is a thrilling psychological rollercoaster that requires an actress to traverse an incredible range of emotional states. Wherever Emily Watson has to go in her work – even the darkest places, exploring the most hidden parts of ourselves – she always takes us with her, because she brings truth, spirit and heart to every character she plays.”

The series has been produced by award-winning production company Kudos (Broadchurch, River, Humans) for BBC One and directed by Jessica Hobbs (River, Broadchurch, The Slap). The executive producers are Manda Levin (The Tunnel, River) for Kudos and Lucy Richer for the BBC. It is produced by Chris Carey (River, Run, Dirk Gently) and distributed by FremantleMedia International.

Don’t miss the first episode on 22 January at 9pm on BBC One!

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