Thursday, November 22, 2012
Myanna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Downton Abbey, White Heat), Matthew Goode (Stoker, Birdsong, A Single Man) and Ophelia Lovibond (8 Minutes Idle, No Strings Attached, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) star in The Poison Tree, a new psychological and atmospheric thriller produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1, which will premiere on ITV1 on Monday December 10th at 9pm.
Based on the dark and captivating novel by Erin Kelly, The Poison Tree is a drama of human desires, betrayal and deception. The 2 x 60 minute episodes have been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders,Law & Order UK) and directed by Marek Losey.
Karen Clarke (MyAnna Buring) has spent twelve years waiting for her partner Rex (Matthew Goode) to be released from prison. Now he is free, she is looking forward to settling down to normal family life in their remote seaside cottage with their 11 year old daughter Alice, played by newcomer Hebe Johnson.
But then Karen starts to receive silent phone calls and anonymous text messages and she can’t shake the feeling that she and her family are constantly being watched. It seems that despite her best efforts to keep their past a secret, someone somewhere knows the truth about what she and Rex did.
Flash backs to the long, hot summer of 1999, when Karen was a student and first met Rex and his impossibly glamorous sister Biba (Ophelia Lovibond), gradually reveal Karen, Rex and Biba’s shared history in the crumbling Highgate mansion that they share – their intense, almost incestuous relationships, and the hedonistic party lifestyle that culminates in the tragic events that leave two people dead.
As the threat to Karen draws ever nearer, gradually the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and the truth of what happened that fateful day emerges. But it seems that Karen is concealing deeper, darker secrets than even Rex realises. If he wasn’t guilty of murder, then who was? And how far will Karen go to protect the family that she has sacrificed so much for?
The cast also includes nine year old Lucy Hutchinson (represented by A&J Management) who plays Young Biba.
The 1st episode of the 2-part drama is at 9pm on Monday 10th December on ITV1.