Friday 20 October 2017

At last, mature women are the hottest cheats

It is not men who are driving a rise in infidelity. Perhaps a new TV drama can explain why

Passion for truth: Ben Chaplin and Emily Watson get up close and personal in 'Apple Tree Yard' Photo: Nick Briggs/BBC
Passion for truth: Ben Chaplin and Emily Watson get up close and personal in 'Apple Tree Yard' Photo: Nick Briggs/BBC

Karen Krizanovich

'Before I met you, I was a civilised woman." This could be the catchphrase for every wife who is having an affair. It's a snatch of dialogue, uttered by actress Emily Watson, who can be seen playing wife and mother Yvonne Carmichael in new BBC One drama Apple Tree Yard, starting tonight.

An adaptation of Louise Doughty's bestselling 2013 novel, written for TV by Bafta-winner Amanda Coe, Apple Tree Yard tells the story of geneticist Dr Carmichael, who embarks on a passionate extramarital affair with a mysterious stranger she meets at the Houses of Parliament.

The four-part series not only has the temerity to feature a woman having sex outside her marriage - but also to make that woman older. Coe, herself in her fifties, explains: "Apple Tree Yard is that rare thing: a perfectly executed page-turner that's also a gripping exploration of the difficult moral choices we face in adult relationships."

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