When is Ruth Wilson’s new drama Mrs Wilson on TV – and what is it about?

Ruth Wilson stars as her own grandmother in BBC1's drama Mrs Wilson, a tale of family secrets and espionage

Ruth Wilson in Mrs Wilson (BBC)

You might think that playing a member of your immediate family onscreen would prove too close for comfort for some actors.


But that’s exactly what Luther’s Ruth Wilson will do in BBC1’s suspenseful period drama Mrs Wilson –  in which Wilson will play her own grandmother, Alison Wilson.

Here’s everything you need to know about the BBC drama.

When is Mrs Wilson on TV?

The drama will premiere in the UK on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 9pm on BBC1.

In Australia, it kicks off on Sunday 10 February 2019 at 9:41pm on ABC.

It will also air on Masterpiece on PBS in the USA, with episode one on Sunday 31 March at 9/8c. And it starts on the same day on TVNZ 1 in New Zealand, at 9:35pm.

Is there a trailer for Mrs Wilson?

Yes! And it hints at lots of drama to come…

What else do we know about the show, and who is in the cast?

The Affair’s Ruth Wilson, who will lead the all-star cast, is also executive producing the series.

Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont in the George RR Martin fantasy epic, stars as former spy Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson, Alison’s husband and Ruth Wilson’s grandfather.

Keeley Hawes (The Durrells), Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter, Killing Eve) also star.

Ian Glen as Alexander in Mrs Wilson

The drama is set between the 1940s and 1960s and was written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers), directed by Richard Laxton and produced by Jackie Larkin.

Speaking about the drama, Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, said: “Anna Symon’s scripts, based on the remarkable story of Ruth Wilson’s grandparents, are full of twists and turns.

“It is a story of breath-taking secrets and love against the odds, and I can’t wait to see it brought to life for BBC1 by such a fascinating cast, led by Ruth.”

Who were Alison Wilson and Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson?

Based on real-life events, the drama follows Ruth Wilson’s grandmother, Alison, who believes she is happily married to acclaimed author and former spy Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson until he dies unexpectedly in 1963.

Then another Mrs Wilson turns up on Alison’s doorstep, claiming to have also been married to Alec.

“Alec was a British spy and a best-selling novelist… but what else besides?,” said the BBC in a statement. “Where did his truth end and his fiction begin? Alison will be pushed to the very brink to find out.”

Of the BBC1 drama, Wilson says: “I am so excited to bring to the small screen the extraordinary lives of my grandparents.

“Theirs is a profoundly moving story.”


This article was originally published in July 2018