Emily Watson & Ben Chaplin To Star In BBC One Adaptation Of 'Apple Tree Yard'

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BBC One announces the cast for its new four part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, written by Amanda Coe.

It will star Emily Watson (A Song For Jenny, The Theory Of Everything) as Yvonne Carmichael and Ben Chaplin (Cinderella, Mad Dogs) as Mark Costley. Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line Of Duty), Adeel Akhtar (Capital, River), Lydia Leonard (Life In Squares), Frances Tomelty (Unforgotten) and Rhashan Stone (Strike Back) will join the line-up.

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.

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.

Emily Watson says: "I am both relishing and daunted by the prospect of taking on this role; it’s grown up, steamy and of queasy moral complexity.”

Amanda Coe says: “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, says: "Louise Doughty’s best-seller 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, adds: “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.”

Adapted by Bafta-winning author Amanda Coe (Life In Squares, Room At The Top, Margot), the 4x60-minute series is produced by award-winning production company Kudos (Broadchurch, River, Humans) for BBC One and will be directed by Jessica Hobbs (River, Broadchurch, The Slap). It will start filming later this month.

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). It is distributed by FremantleMedia International.