Airdate: Mrs. Wilson

New UK drama Mrs. Wilson, which sees Ruth Wilson portraying her own grandmother, will screen on ABC next month.

The 3 part drama about a widow who uncovers a mysterious and secret life following the death of her husband, also features Iain Glen and Keeley Hawes.

This screened in the UK last November and was one of the reasons why Wilson departed The Affair.

Golden Globe winning actress, Ruth Wilson stars in this powerful three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her Grandmother Alison about her family’s history. After the sudden death of ex-SIS man Alexander, wife Alison investigates when mysteries from her late husband’s past come knocking.

It’s 1963, and Alison Wilson returns home to find husband Alexander dead. Soon afterwards, a woman unexpectedly arrives at the door, claiming to be Alec’s ‘real wife’. Alison embarks on a mission of discovery to try and find out who her husband really was; but from their wartime romance whilst working for the secret service, to a mysterious period in India – it soon becomes clear that Alec died holding his secrets close to his chest. Alison is left craving the truth as she makes discoveries that threaten to tear her carefully crafted world apart.

London, the 1960s. Alison Wilson (in her 40s) arrives home and greets husband Alec (in his 60s) Later, when Alec isn’t answering her calls, she finds him unconscious and tries to revive him. It doesn’t work – Alec has died. Numb, Alison calls the priest. Dialling again – she reaches ‘Coleman’; she’s been told to call this number if Alec should die. Coleman instructs her to ‘carry on as usual’.

As Father Timothy reads prayers, Alison takes Alec’s wallet, hiding it in a cabinet. She tells youngest son Nigel that Alec has died and later, Alison and Nigel look at old photo slides together. A knock at the door reveals a mysterious woman – who assumes that Alison is Alec’s landlady. The woman announces herself as Alec’s ‘first’ wife; Gladys Wilson. Reeling, Alison upends boxes, trying to find proof of Alec’s supposed divorce. Finding a copy of the Official Secrets Act, she’s taken back to when she first signed it – the 1940s.

9:40pm Sunday February 10 on ABC.


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