Critical Condition: Mrs Wilson

Mrs Wilson | TVNZ OnDemand, from Friday

☆☆☆ “This tale of marital deceit and espionage, in which Ruth Wilson plays her own grandmother, exerts a melancholy meditation … on how much and how little we can know about each other; about the traps that love and trust lay down for us and how much you can get away with if you simply decide that the normal rules shall not apply to you.” — The Guardian.

☆☆☆☆ “Mrs Wilson owes its existence entirely to the actor Ruth Wilson … being the story of her bigamist grandfather, Alex (Iain Glen), and his third wife and her grandmother, Alison (Wilson), who only discovered his secret lives in the hours and days after his death in 1963. But those expecting the worst (I must admit that I was) need have no fear. It’s excellent: understated, rather lovely to look at, beautifully acted.” — New Statesman.

☆☆☆☆ “I cannot wait to meet the next skeletons that tumble out of the Wilson families’ unusually crowded closet. I wonder how anyone, even in the pre-computer, pre-internet, pre-smartphone age, could get away with leading quite so many existences so blatantly … Mrs Wilson belies its prosaic title, just as its subject does: more outlandish than any soap plotline, but based on true events. Superb viewing.” — The Independent.

☆☆☆☆ “The fact that all this is based on the story of Ruth Wilson’s own grandmother (which means Wilson is playing her father’s mum) undeniably adds a certain frisson — or possibly a whole new level of weirdness. Even without that, however, this would still be a powerfully intriguing piece of work; and at a time when even most good dramas feel like they’re slightly showing off, a refreshingly understated one.” — The Spectator.

☆☆☆ “Mrs Wilson is an interesting flip to the common fictional narrative where someone discovers their loved one has been a spy all these years. It feels like something William Boyd might have written, although you wonder how it’s going to adequately explain the interior life of Alec. The psychology of duplicity is a murky theme, but the fact that I feel a burning wish to know more about Alec suggests how well this melancholic mystery is working.” — The Times.

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One Response to “Critical Condition: Mrs Wilson”

  1. I see Ep 1 of Whiskey Cavalier has been added to TVNZ OnDemand … maybe a weekend watch?

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