STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment have been commissioned to produce a drama based Erin Kelly’s “dark and captivating” novel The Poison Tree for ITV1.
The book ells the story of a haunted woman, translator Karen Clarke, who will go to extraordinary lengths to protect her family and the secrets that she keeps from them.
Confirmed cast members include MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Kill List) as Karen, Ophelia Lovibond and Matthew Goode.
The two-part drama has been written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders, Law & Order UK) and goes into production this summer for transmission later this year.
Steve November, Head of Continuing Drama Series at 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, said: “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.”
Richard Foster, Managing Director, GroupM Entertainment said: “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.”