Tuesday, December 4, 2018



Full Season Starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin Will Stream on the PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon Prime Video Channel

December 4, 2018 – Arlington, VA – PBS Distribution announced today it will release the thrilling drama “Apple Tree Yard,” on the PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon Prime Video Channel beginning December 3rd. The 4-part series, based on the best-selling novel by Louise Doughty, stars two time Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (“Everest,” “The Theory Of Everything”) and Ben Chaplin (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “Cinderella”). Produced by the BAFTA-Award winning Kudos, the producers of “Broadchurch” and “Humans,” “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 (Emily Watson) has a high flying career, a beautiful 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 (Mark Bonnar), 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 (Ben Chaplin) 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…
Joining Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin to complete the stellar cast are Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Line Of Duty), 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”).
“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). Fremantle distribute the series worldwide.
The full season of four hour-long episodes will be available on December 3rd.  The PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon Prime Video Channel is available by subscription for $5.99 per month after a seven day free trial.

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