21 April 2017

The provocative and intelligent series, produced by leading scripted producers Kudos, is set to air on ARTE in France and Germany.

The stunning, psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard is set to launch in France and Germany following a deal between FremantleMedia International (FMI) and ARTE. Based on Louise Doughty’s best-selling book and listed as a ‘must see’ by the Guardian, the chilling courtroom drama tells the story of Yvonne Carmichael whose act of adultery unleashes a storm of events.

Produced 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.

A critical and ratings hit, Apple Tree Yard rotinely won its timeslot across the series, achieving a consolidated average audience of 7.14 million viewers and a 25.7% market share (+15% above BBC1’s primetime average and +26% above the slot average) making it BBC 1’S highest rated drama launch since The Night Manager.

Further maintaining it’s phenomenal success, the first episode alone garnered 2m requests on BBC iPlayer in addition to the consolidated figures and a raft of rave reviews with critics praising Emily Watson’s extraordinary central performance.

Al De Azpiazu, Vice President, Sales & Distribution – Western Europe, FMI: “Apple Tree Yard is an electrifying and suspense-filled thriller from one of the most prolific drama producers in the world. With its mix of incredible story twists and compelling characters, I’ve no doubt that the show will captivate Arte’s audience across France and Germany.”

Olivier Wotling, directeur de l’unite fictions, ARTE, said “Apple Tree Yard is an amazing thriller focusing on the mysterious and intimate world of a modern day woman, whose world spirals out of control. The series includes a brilliant mix of genres such as adulterous romance, psy thriller, revenge tragedy and courtroom drama as well as outstanding performances by Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin”.

Apple Tree Yard is executive produced by Manda Levin (The Tunnel, River) for Kudos, and BAFTA award winning writer Amanda Coe who adapted Louise Doughty’s best selling novel. It is produced by Chris Carey (River, Run, Dirk Gently), directed by Jessica Hobbs (The Slap, Broadchurch, River) and commissioned for BBC 1 by Lucy Richer and Ben Stephenson. FremantleMedia International distribute the series worldwide.