ITV has ordered a new two-part drama The Poison Tree. The project, which is being produced by STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment for ITV1, is based on the novel by Erin Kelly and will enter production this summer.
The Poision Tree follows translator Karen Clarke, a haunted woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to protect her family and the secrets that she keeps from them. Brief flashbacks to the past will tell Karen’s story; that of an ordinary girl thrown into an extraordinary world, as Karen first meets the glamorous Biba and her brother Rex in one long summer of love, but quickly becomes tangled up in their tragic family history with the romantic idyll turning into a nightmare – one that haunts her to the present day. The two part drama was written by Emilia di Girolamo (Law & Order: UK) and stars MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Karen, Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached) as Biba and Matthew Goode (Watchmen) as Rex.
Steve November, Head of Continuing Drama for ITV, said: “We are delighted to be working with STV and Emilia di Girolamo on this intriguing and emotional thriller. Erin Kelly’s novel is rich and absorbing and is perfectly suited to ITV.”
Margaret Enefer, Head of Drama for STV Productions, commented: “We are thrilled to be bringing this dark and bewitching psychological thriller to life on screen for ITV1. We’re certain it will grip viewers from start to finish.”
While Richard Foster, Managing Director of GroupM Entertainment, added: “Drama financing is an increasingly complex business – it’s an area we’ve been keen to explore in order to help simplify the process and provide benefit to the partners involved. I’m delighted we’re partnering with ITV and STV on a project as exciting as The Poison Tree.”