The Poison Tree

Monday, 17 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

The Poison Tree is a two part psychological thriller. Karen Clarke (Myanna Buring) is a woman haunted by the tragic events which took place twelve years ago. Flashbacks to the past unfold the story from the moment Karen is thrown into the extraordinary world of Biba Capel (Ophelia Lovibond) and Rex Capel (Matthew Goode) to reveal the secrets she is hiding. Now living in Dungeness with Rex recently released from prison and their daughter Alice (Hebe Johnson), Karen is stalked by mysterious stranger and is desperate to protect her family.

Monday, 10 December 2012, 9:00PM – 10:00PM

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.

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 (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 POISON TREE also stars PATRICK BALADI (Lewis, Ripper Street, Garrow’s Law), RALPH BROWN (Stoker, Inspector George Gently, Tower Block), LEX SHRAPNEL (Hunted, Captain America: The First Avenger, Minder), and NEIL MCKINVEN (The Body Farm, Case Histories, Single Father). Margaret Enefer is Executive Producer for STV. The Producer is Madonna Baptiste.

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  • Sky1