embarking on a passionate
and out of character affair, a middle-
aged married scientist suffers
dire consequences when her closely-
guarded secret is discovered by
a colleague who subjects her to a
degrading and terrifying rape in the
finely-paced BBC1 mini-series thriller Apple Tree Yard... SENSIBLE, MIDDLE-AGED EMINENT GENETICIST Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson:
The Theory of Everything; Everest; Punch Love Drunk) is drawn into an
exciting affair with a stranger, Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin: Mad Dogs; Cinderella),
whom she meets while attending a seminar at the Houses of Parliament.
Married with two children daughter Carrie (Olivia Vinall), who
is also a scientist and is expecting her first child with partner Sethnam (Assad
Zaman); and son Adam (Jack Hamilton), who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Yvonne works at the Beaufort Institute close to the Houses of
Parliament and gets on well with her colleagues, including the seemingly innocuous
George Selway (Steven Elder).
is an impressive,
drama with enough
twists to keep you
hooked until the next
one and the
that the excitement has gone out of her marriage to Gary (Mark Bonnar: Catastrophe;
Line of Duty), Yvonne basks in the delights of a lover who appears to be
all she could wish; throwing all caution to the wind.
As she is pulled deeper and deeper into the affair, Yvonne and Mark plan how
they are going to conduct their liaison so that nobody will be hurt, but is
Mark Costley everything he purports to be? Yvonne is going to pay a high price;
little realising that her secret is far from safe and that her world is about
to spin out of control.
At a drinks party at her workplace, Yvonne is persuaded by George
whom she sees as a friend to go to his office, where he stuns
her by confronting her about the affair before brutally assaulting and raping
Yvonne descends into a state of shock where she goes through the motions of
life; not daring to tell anyone of the attack until she finally confides in
Mark, telling him why she has been acting so strangely.
Suddenly things become a whole lot worse and Yvonne finds herself in the middle
of a living nightmare facing the ultimate humiliation and a murder charge.
Somehow we just knew there was going to be a dramatic ending to the psychological
thriller Apple Tree Yard and we were not wrong. Just when you thought
you had figured it out the rules changed.
As Yvonne's life is shredded, she suffers the maximum fallout from a reckless
moment that has plummeted her into an impulsive and passionate affair that will
have far-reaching and devastating consequences. Apple Tree Yard is an impressive,
sophisticated, can't-miss television drama with enough twists to keep you hooked
until the next one and the shocking conclusion!
Produced by Kudos (River; Broadchurch), Apple Tree Yard also features:
Syreeta Kumar as Clerk; Helen Anderson as Select Committee Chair; Susan Lynch
as Susannah; Franc Ashman as Liz; Adeel Akhtar as Jaspreet "Jaz"; and Darren
Morfitt as Kevin Proctor.
Music is by HalfdanE; Director of Photography is Matt Gray BSC; Adapted for
BBC One by BAFTA winning screenplay writer Amanda Coe (Room At The Top; Life
In Squares); Based on the novel by Louise Doughty, who is also an Executive
Producer; Produced by Chris Carey; and Directed by Jessica Hobbs.
Films announces the release of the complete BBC1 mini-series Apple Tree Yard
on Blu-ray and DVD Box sets in the UK on 20 January 2017. Also available on
Digital Download from Monday 23 January 2017. Certificate: 15 | Running Time:
4 x 60 Minutes | Catalogue Number DVD: FCD1418; Blu-ray: FCD1426.
"Apple Tree Yard is an impressive, sophisticated, can't-miss television
drama with enough twists to keep you hooked until the next one and the shocking
conclusion!" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"There is fine ensemble acting here, and masterly mood control. Riveting ****"
"Apple Tree Yard is a drama that is deeply engrossing and has a storyline
that will keep you guessing and constantly surprised *****" Mail On Sunday
"Intense and racy drama your new must-see series" The Sun
"What makes this one different is the queasy feeling it instilled in your gut
from the off ****" The Daily Telegraph