Mrs. Wilson (miniseries)

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Mrs. Wilson
Mrs Wilsonlogo.jpg
GenreHistorical drama
Written byAnna Symon
Directed byRichard Laxton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Jackie Larkin
Production location(s)
Production company(s)Snowed-In Productions[1]
Original networkBBC One
Picture format1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 November (2018-11-27) –
11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)
External links
Mrs. Wilson on BBC Programmes

Mrs. Wilson (formerly known as The Wilsons)[2] is a 2018 British historical drama television miniseries executive produced by and starring Ruth Wilson. The actress plays her real-life grandmother, a widow who uncovers a mysterious and secret life following the death of her husband. It first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2018[3] and in the United States on PBS Masterpiece on 31 March 2019.[4]


In 1963, Alison Wilson's happy home life is shattered upon the death of her husband, novelist and former MI6 officer Alexander "Alec" Wilson. Everything she knew about her husband of 22 years quickly unravels when she discovers she is not the only Mrs. Wilson. She tries to shield her two sons as she reconciles her marriage with her husband's activities as a foreign intelligence officer.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K. viewers
1"Episode 1"Richard LaxtonAnna Symon[7]27 November 2018 (2018-11-27)9.41[8]
In Ealing in 1963, housewife Alison Wilson is stunned when Alec, her husband of 22 years, dies of a sudden heart attack. As she grieves with their two sons, Gordon and Nigel, she is even more stunned when another woman arrives at her door claiming to be Mrs. Gladys Wilson, Alec's widow. Alison, who met Alec while working at Secret Intelligence Service headquarters during the war, realises her husband lied about being divorced. The two Mrs. Wilsons agree to cooperate with the burial to avoid a public scandal and Gordon and Nigel discovering the truth. But Alison's own investigation continues when she discovers a third wife through Karim, Alec's handler in India.
2"Episode 2"Richard LaxtonAnna Symon[9]4 December 2018 (2018-12-04)8.91[8]
Alison finds Dorothy, whom Alec married while stationed in India before the war. Dorothy, who discovered Alec's affair with Alison, left London during the war and told their son, Michael, that Alec was killed during one of the battles of el Alamein. Alison also realises that Alec's lies were not merely about his multiple wives; Blakefield House, a large estate used as a hospital during the war, was not the ancestral family home they would live in one day, as he told Alison and their sons. Alison discovers that before the war, Alec's handler introduced him to Dorothy, an actress, as part of his cover in Lahore. Dorothy believed Gladys was Alec's sister and married him in a sham ceremony when she became pregnant. Karim tells Alison that Alec saved hundreds of lives through his work as a spy, and she must let it go – but she refuses.
3"Episode 3"Richard LaxtonAnna Symon[10]11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)8.75[8]
At the end of the war, Alec is arrested for theft, which he claims is a cover to infiltrate fascists in prison. In 1963, Gordon reveals that he knows Blakefield is not theirs and that he once saw his father working in a hospital as a porter. Alison is determined to prove to her sons that their father indeed worked in the Foreign Office. Alec's boss at MI6 informs her that Alec was a pathological liar who was fired in 1942 for fabricating intelligence, but Karim insists he was set up by a double agent who wanted Alec's job, in order to feed intelligence to Moscow. Just when Alison's faith in Alec seems restored, a young boy and his mother arrive at the Wilson home looking for his father – Alec. The boy believes Alec is a doctor and his mother, a nurse, announces herself as Mrs. Wilson. In 1967, Alison finds peace by becoming a nun, and is able to tell the truth to her sons finally. The series ends by showing all of Alec Wilson's living descendants, who first met their extended families in 2007, and by stating that as of 2018, the Foreign Office still refuses to release its files on Alec Wilson, declaring them to be too sensitive.


  1. ^ "Star cast join Ruth Wilson in BBC drama" (Press release). BBC. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  2. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (5 May 2017). "Ruth Wilson To Play Her Own Grandmother In The Wilsons For BBC One". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  3. ^ Carr, Flora (27 November 2018). "When is Ruth Wilson's new drama Mrs. Wilson on TV – and what is it about?". Radio Times. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Mrs. Wilson: Everything You Need to Know". PBS. 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e "BBC - Star cast join Ruth Wilson in BBC drama - Media Centre".
  6. ^ a b "Who stars in Mrs. Wilson?".
  7. ^ "BBC One - Mrs. Wilson, Series 1, Episode 1". BBC.
  8. ^ a b c "Four-screen dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
  9. ^ "BBC One - Mrs. Wilson, Series 1, Episode 2". BBC.
  10. ^ "BBC One - Mrs. Wilson, Series 1, Episode 3". BBC.

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