What could have brought Dr. Yvonne Carmichael (played by Emily Watson), a law-abiding wife and mother, an eminent scientist, into a dock at the Old Bailey about to be exposed in a highly damaging and compromising lie?
Produced by the award-winning 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 that we make. A ‘what if’ situation that could happen to any one of us.
Dr. Yvonne Carmichael has a high flying career, a beautiful suburban home and the perfect family. Smart, successful and highly renowned within her field of genetics, Yvonne has a conventional and apparently contented life, married to husband Gary, complete with two grown up children.
After confidently presenting to a Commons Select Committee on her specialist subject, she is approached by a charismatic and mysterious stranger, who seems refreshingly interested in what she has to say – refreshingly interested in her. Suddenly, she finds herself alone and intimate with him in the deserted crypt beneath the House of Commons. It’s a completely out of character moment of madness. Despite Yvonne’s expectations that she will never see Mark Costley again, their encounter builds to a passionate and all-consuming affair.
However, despite Yvonne’s careful plans to keep her career and home life separate, fantasy and reality soon start to overlap; finally everything she values is put at risk when a life-changing act of violence ultimately leads to a Crown Court trial…
Joined by Ben Chaplin (Cinderella, Mad Dogs) and Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line Of Duty), the line-up also includes Adeel Akhtar (Capital, Murdered by My Father), Lydia Leonard (Life In Squares, River), Frances Tomelty (Unforgotten), Susan Lynch (Happy Valley) and Rhashan Stone (Strike Back).
Dr Yvonne Carmichael – Emily Watson
Mark Costley – Ben Chaplin
Gary Carmichael – Mark Bonnar
Bonnard – Lydia Leonard
Jaspreet – Adeel Akhtar
Susannah – Susan Lynch
Price – Frances Tomelty
Robert – Rhashan Stone
Carrie – Olivia Vinall
Adam – Jack Hamilton
George Selway – Stephen Elder
DS Johns – Denise Gough
key behind the scenes crew
Written by Amanda Coe
Adapted from the novel by Louise Doughty
Director – Jessica Hobbs
Producer – Chris Carey
Executive Producers (Kudos) – Amanda Coe, Manda Levin
Executive Producer (BBC) – Lucy Richer
Line Producer – Pat Lees
Director of Photography – Matt Gray
Production Designer – Chris Roope
Hair and Make Up Designer – Sarah Grundy
Costume Designer – Ray Holman
Location Manager – Jo Randall
Composer – Halfdan E
Sound Recordist – Malcolm Hirst
Editor – Paulo Pandolpho
Casting Director – Jill Trevellick
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