Catch the drama on PBS soon

By Caroline Rogers
Mrs. Wilson
Credit: BBC/WP Films Ltd.

Ruth Wilson stars in the upcoming PBS drama Mrs. Wilsonand the shared last name is no coincidence. She's playing her paternal grandmother in a three-part drama based on a memoir by that very same relative, the actress' grandmother, Alison Wilson. The memoir recounts Wilson's life, family history, and marriage to Alexander Wilson, a novelist and spy who, upon his death in 1963, left many secrets to unravel.

The miniseries delves into the layers of deceptions Wilson discovered in her marriage to a man she thought she knew. PBS describes the series this way: "Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband, Alec, dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage–and Alec's love for her–but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets." You can watch the trailer for the three-part series below.

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Mrs. Wilson stars Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) as Alison Wilson, and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, My Cousin Rachel) as Alexander Wilson. It also features Fiona Shaw (The Harry Potter series, Colette), Anupam Kher (The Big Sick, Vijay), and Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, Death at a Funeral). Mrs. Wilson is directed by Richard Laxton (Effie Gray, Burton and Taylor) and written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers, Deep Water) from the memoir by Alison Wilson. The series is a co-production from Masterpiece and the BBC.

Mrs. Wilson first aired in the U.K. in November 2018, and it will premiere in the U.S. on Masterpiece on PBS on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 9/8c. You can find more information about the miniseries at

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Will you tune in to Mrs. Wilson when it premieres on PBS in March? Which of your family stories would make a great PBS drama?