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, illicit affair with the mysterious Mark Costley (Ben Chaplin), things went pear-shaped very quickly. The ambiguous ending seemed to be the end of the tale, but Doughty has now said that she’s working on a sequel.
The final panel session of the day at the inaugural Killer Women Crime Writing Festival was ‘I Preferred The Book/Film’, which saw Erin Kelly host a discussion with four, best-selling authors – Paula Hawkins, SJ Watson, Alex Marwood and Louise Doughty – talking about their experiences of their work being adapted for the big and small screen.