TV Review: Apple Tree Yard



Last night saw the final episode of Apple Tree Yard on BBC 1. I cannot help but give my opinion!

This is a brief synopsis:

“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.” BBC


From episode 1 I was gripped. The characters were fascinating, and the storyline was so mysterious it was impossible not to be totally trapped by the story. The series took part in 4 episodes, the last two taking place on following days, which was the perfect length because we weren’t left waiting too long for it to come to its conclusion.

Affairs are often portrayed on television, and I know that the drama has come into some criticism for the way that it portrayed a rape scene, almost with a message of, “a women who strays deserves it..” but I disagree and think that the shows producers were aware of this angle and actually played on it a little as it came out in the trail at the end. In fact, I thought the affair was portrayed really well, it was dirty and clumsy, taking place in back streets and secret rooms. There was no expensive hotels or fancy dinners, it was just quick and convenient and filled a void in both characters lives.

I am so often disappointed with endings of films or dramas as they reach a big climax and then just seem to tail off towards the end, but this one certainly didn’t do that. The whole way through the drama I was left feeling one way, and then in the last 10 seconds of the drama everything changed and I felt a completely different way. My mouth was left completely open. It was absolutely brilliant.

I would love to know if any of you watched it and what your thoughts are!


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