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ITV orders Poison Tree drama from STV and GroupM

ITV orders Poison Tree drama from STV and GroupM
Staff Reporter
03 August 2012

ITV1 has commissioned STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment to produce a new two-part psychological thriller for a pm slot,based on the novel by Erin Kelly, The Poison Tree

The Poison Tree tells the story of translator Karen Clarke, who wants to protect her family and the secrets that she keeps from them.

The cast has been confirmed, with actress MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Kill List) playing Karen. Biba will be played by Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached, Mr Popper’s Penguins) and Matthew Goode (A Single Man, Watchmen) will play Rex.

The Poison Tree was ordered by Laura Mackie, director of Drama Commissioning at ITV.

The scripts for both episodes are written by Emilia di Girolamo (EastEnders, Law & Order UK).  Steve November is overseeing the commission on ITV's behalf as head of Continuing Drama Series. Margaret Enefer is executive producer for STV. The producer is Madonna Baptiste and director is Marek Losey.

The Poison Tree will go into production this summer and will transmit on ITV1 later this year.

This is the first drama deal between GroupM Entertainment, ITV1 and STV. “Drama financing is an increasingly complex business," says Richard Foster, managing director, GroupM Entertainment. it’s an area we’ve been keen to explore in order to help simplify the process and provide benefit to the partners involved.”

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