It’s all happening. Well, some things are happening. One of the things we mentioned in our Quite Large 2017 Preview (or whatever it was called, I can’t remember now) was a four-part adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling Apple Tree Yard, a superior psychological thriller in novel form and a juicy-sounding drama. Yesterday the BBC confirmed its transmission date.
It stars Emily Watson (who is always so consistently brilliant) as Dr Yvonne Carmichael, a woman who has a high-flying career, a beautiful home, and a loving family. But appearances can be deceptive, and when she is approached by a charismatic stranger, she soon finds herself taking risks that she had never dreamt of before.
Totally unexpectedly, their encounter builds to a passionate and all-consuming affair, and soon the law-abiding Yvonne finds herself in deep and out of her depth.
He gives away very little, intriguing, mysterious and elusive. Is there more to his civil service role than he’ll admit? Who is Mark Costley (he’s played by Ben Chaplin)?
One evening, on her way to a colleague’s party, she and Costley share a passionate moment in a small backstreet alley, Apple Tree Yard. Arriving at the event, she is glowing, but by the end of the night, joy turns to devastation when a sudden and shocking act of violence changes everything.
So when’s it on?
Apple Tree Yard: Sunday 22nd January, 9pm, BBC1