Poi­soned ap­ple

Drama se­ries Ap­ple Tree Yard ex­plores pas­sion, moral­ity, de­ceit and vi­o­lence.

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Ap­ple Tree Yard Sea­son 1 Tues­days (from 1 Au­gust) M-Net (*101) 22:35

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).


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.


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.

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