It’s almost time to bid farewell to BBC One drama The Woman in The Wall as this week’s penultimate episode paved the way for an intense finale.


The series, which stars Ruth Wilson and Daryl McCormack, explores the legacy of one of Ireland’s most shocking scandals – the institutions known as The Magdalene Laundries, where so called "fallen women" were sent to.

Wilson stars as Lorna Brady, a woman suffering from severe trauma and bouts of sleepwalking as a result of the time she spent in a Magdalene Laundry when she was younger.

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The fifth episode featured a number of huge reveals, including the identity of one of the series's biggest villains.

But when will the sixth and final episode land on BBC One? Read on for everything you need to know about The Woman in the Wall's release schedule.

The Woman in the Wall release schedule: When does episode 6 air?

Ruth Wilson stars in The Woman in the Wall, looking stressed
Ruth Wilson stars in The Woman in the Wall. Motive Pictures/Colin Barr

The Woman in the Wall episode 6 will arrive on Sunday 24th September on BBC One at 9pm.

The series premiered on Sunday 27th August 2023.

How many episodes are in The Woman in the Wall?

There are six episodes of The Woman in the Wall in total.

The Woman in the Wall cast

Daryl McCormack stars in The Woman in the Wall
Detective Colman Akande (Daryl McCormack) in The Woman in the Wall. Motive Pictures/Colin Barr

Ruth Wilson and Daryl McCormack lead the cast of The Woman in the Wall as Lorna Brady and Detective Colman Akande.

Viewers may recognise Wilson from her recent acclaimed performance on His Dark Materials, while other credits include The Affair, Luther and Mrs Wilson.

McCormack rose to fame on BBC drama Peaky Blinders, where he played Isaiah Jesus, which led to further roles in The Wheel of Time, Bad Sisters and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

The cast also includes Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City), Simon Delaney (Inside Man), Lynn Rafferty (North Sea Connection) and Fiona Browne (Vikings: Valhalla).

The Woman in the Wall is written by Joe Murtagh (Gangs of London), with Harry Wootliff (His Dark Materials) and Rachna Suri (The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself) attached as directors.

The Woman in the Wall plot: Is it a true story?

Lorna Brady lies on a countryside road, with three cows watching over her.
Ruth Wilson stars in The Woman in the Wall. Motive Pictures/Colin Barr

The Woman in the Wall follows Lorna Brady, a survivor of one of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries, as she attempts to uncover exactly what happened to the daughter that was taken from her.

While her specific story is a work of fiction, the Magdalene Laundries were very real and are thought to have blighted the lives of tens of thousands of women.

Although their history dates back further, more is known about the practices of these institutions in the 20th century, where inmates entered via the criminal justice system, reformatory schools and the Health and Social Services sector.

Once inside, they would have to carry out unpaid labour, while many former inmates have reported being abused.

Magdalene Laundries became the subject of a media scandal in the 1990s, when a mass grave holding 155 bodies was discovered on the former grounds of one such institution in Drumcondra, Dublin.

The Woman in the Wall trailer

Watch the trailer for The Woman in the Wall below.

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