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Emily Watson's not looking forward to the school run after risqué role in Apple Tree Yard

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Oscar nominated actress Emily Watson is due to appear in BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, and has opened up about the risque sex scenes in the show.

The star plays Dr Yvonne Carmichael, a geneticist who has an affair with the mysterious Mark (played by Ben Chaplin), in the adaptation of the bestselling novel. Speaking about filming with passionate scenes with Ben, the star told the Daily Mail: "Ben and I go way back, so it wasn't really embarrassing, but I think taking my kids to school and seeing the other parents the morning after this is on TV might be interesting." She also spoke about playing a sexualised woman in her 50s, and how she hope that it makes a "culture shift" in how older women are presented in television and film.

Emily opened up about the show

Chatting to The Telegraph, she said: "To be playing a woman of that age who is having an affair and is so vibrant and positive, at least at the start, felt great… Just the fact that the protagonist is a sexualised woman in her 50s is a good, feminist statement. Because we all know that Hollywood tends to ignore women from a certain time onwards, that cultural shift is likely to be driven by television. And I really hope that there is a shift happening. Because this idea that female sexuality is the preserve of 22-year-olds is just absurd. If anything, your sexuality blossoms during your late 40s and 50s." The actress also revealed that the crew had been banned from filming the steamy scenes inside of the Westminster building for the four-part series."We were banished," she told the Sun. "Because as it turns out you can blow up James Bond on Westminster Bridge but no sex, please!"

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