10 Apple Tree Yard BBC1
A delicate, grown-up drama. Emily Watson was superb as a woman who, having stopped being happy at home, begins a wish-fulfilling affair with the enticingly enigmatic Ben Chaplin, only for a horrifying shock to leave her marooned. Based on a page-turning novel, Apple Tree Yard – like Broadchurch – folded a thoughtful treatment of rape into what could have been a wholly unsuitable narrative setting: in this case, a spiralling crime thriller where an ordinary person has to take extraordinary decisions, and the surprises keep coming right up until the last scene. Watson made this unusual, unsettling creation work.
9 Doctor Foster BBC1
Other dramas might have been a lot more edifying, but nothing got us talking more than the even crazier second outing for Suranne Jones as a wronged wife who really doesn’t take her husband’s infidelity well. As…