Louise Doughty: I’m working on Apple Tree Yard 2

Twenty-seventeen kicked off with a tense four-part thriller on BBC1 in the UK, based on Louise Doughty’s best-selling psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard. The BBC’s adaptation – co-written by Doughty and Amanda Coe – told the story of a scientist, Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), who seemed to have it all. When she started a torrid,…

Review: Apple Tree Yard (S1 E4/4), Monday 6th February, BBC1

One thing you can say about Apple Tree Yard is that it has really put its central character – Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson, on excellent form) – through the mill. Not only has she gone against type and undertaken an illicit, lustful affair with a mystery man called Mark Costley, but she has been…

Review: Apple Tree Yard (S1 E1/4), Sunday 22nd January, BBC1

Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard won great acclaim and sold in huge numbers when it was released as a novel in 2013. Now, thanks to Amanda Coe and Doughty herself, it has been adapted for television as a four-part series. The story belongs in the rebranded and recently ascendant ‘domestic noir’ genre – stories that…

Interview: Emily Watson, Apple Tree Yard

This weekend sees the start of a new, four-part psycho-sexual drama adapted from the best-selling Louise Doughty novel. Apple Tree Yard tells the story of Dr Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson), who has a high-flying career, a beautiful home, and a loving family. But appearances can be deceptive, and when she’s approached by a charismatic stranger (Ben…

BBC releases first-look image from Apple Tree Yard

Coming soon to BBC One is Amanda Coe’s adaptation of Louise Doughty’s best-selling Apple Tree Yard. The Beeb announced a strong cast – Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Mark Bonnar, Adeel Akhtar, Lydia Leonard, Frances Tomelty and Rhashan Stone – and now it has revealed the first image from the four-part series, which looks set to go…

Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin for BBC1 adaptation of Apple Tree Yard

Released in 2013, Louise Doughty’s seventh novel, Apple Tree Yard, became one of the biggest selling of the year. It told the story of a middle-aged woman in the dock, accused of murder. Why was this respectable, married mother there? Did she really do what she was accused of? All meaty things explored in the…