Mrs. Wilson, a Masterpiece miniseries drama presented on PBS starting Sunday, March 31, 2019, tells the story of Alison Wilson and her husband, spy-novelist Alexander Wilson. When Alec dies suddenly, Alison is shocked when another woman shows up on her doorstep claiming to be his wife. Determined to prove her wrong, Alison digs into Alec’s activities just before and during World War II. What she discovers tilts her world in unexpected ways.
Ruth Wilson, granddaughter of Alison, stars as the title character in this true-life story of lies, deceit, and intrigue. The tension builds throughout as Alison uncovers more unknown parts of Alec’s life, a life he kept hidden from her even as she thought they were a happy couple raising two sons. Desperate to keep her sons from experiencing her own growing sense of betrayal, Alison tries to hold everything together even though she is slowly falling apart.
Because the story is true, viewers know that the charade can’t last. But the mystery of how it will all play out will keep them riveted throughout. The drama has been nominated for four 2019 Television Awards and Television Craft Awards by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts:
- Leading Actress, Ruth Wilson
- Supporting Actress, Keeley Hawes
- Make Up and Hair Design, Konnie Daniel
The Boston Globe calls is “compellingly dark and twisty,” and I agree. It’s entertaining television at its best; don’t miss it. Find more, including the trailer and background info, on the Masterpiece website.
I received a preview of this production in exchange for my honest review.