The Poison Tree Review: This new two part drama boasts fine performances from Matthew Goode and MyAnna Buring but feels rushed
In my review of last week’s episode of The Town I claimed that 2012 had been a great year for drama on ITV however there are exceptions to that rule. Though not totally awful, I believe that new two-part drama The Poison Tree is one of those exceptions as it feels rushed, is riddled with clichés and has at least one central character that isn’t particularly likeable.
We start by meeting MyAnna Buring’s Karen Clarke who lives in a ramshackle cottage on the coast with her twelve year old daughter Alice. We see in Karen’s eyes that something is troubling her and after receiving anonymous phone calls she starts to fret that her past could be catching up with her. We then start to realise that something’s amiss with Karen’s life when she picks up her husband Rex, played by the excellent Matthew Goode, who has been in prison for the past twelve years. On the way back to their new home Rex makes Karen stop at a specific house on Queenswood Lane which evokes memories for both of them.