Drama series Apple Tree Yard explores passion, morality, deceit and violence.
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Four- episode thriller Apple Tree Yard (2017) is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Louise Doughty and is not for sensitive viewers! Scientist and married mother Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) has two sexual encounters: one a spontaneous secret fling that she wants and the other, a sexual assault that she very clearly doesn’t want. During the few minutes in which the rape scene plays out, the show’s tone switches shockingly from a sexy romp for over- 40s to devastatingly violent crime drama. Yvonne must deal with not only the physical and psychological aftermath, but also with society’s brutally insensitive treatment of rape victims when she’s accused of conspiring to murder the rapist, her pushy colleague George Selway (Steven Elder).
THE IMPERFECT VICTIM
Yvonne’s earlier encounter with her mysterious “Stranger”
Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin) in part prevents her from reporting the rape. She knows that she has lost her status as a “perfect” victim by cheating on her husband and father of her two children Gary (Mark Bonnar). Testifying against George will mean exposing her infidelity and dragging her family into the drama, along with the added trauma of becoming a target for gossip and judgement. Events take a twisted turn when Yvonne confides in the one person she believes she can trust. “I hope the audience will fall for Mark the way Yvonne does, so when things turn, it’s as much a shock to them as it is to her,” explains Emily.
A TANGLED WEB
The single-season series is about the web of lies that a deeply traumatised and angry Yvonne catches herself in while trying to protect herself. “The mess is beyond your worst nightmares,” teases Emily. “One lie unfolds into another. It’s an immensely stressful state to be in, physically and mentally.”
Working mom Yvonne’s life is about to change in a shocking way.