‘The Durrells’ star joins ‘Indian Summers’ writer’s new period drama series

An all-star cast has been announced for the BBC’s Mrs. Wilson.

Set in 1960s London, 1940s London and India in the 1930s, the three-part period drama series is written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers) and produced by Jackie Larkin (Little Women).

Ruth Wilson will star in and executive produce the new BBC series, inspired by the memoir of Wilson’s own grandmother about her family’s complicated history.

The Luther actress will be joined by Keeley Hawes (The Durrells), Iain Glen (Downton Abbey), Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter).

The official synopsis reads: “In 1963, Alison Wilson thinks she is a normal, happily married woman. But when her husband Alec suddenly dies, a woman turns up on her 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 dark and troubling secrets.

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

Ruth Wilson will be playing her real-life grandmother, Alison.

Executive producer Rebecca Eaton (Downton Abbey) commented: “What a fabulous group of actors to bring Ruth Wilson’s grandmother’s story to life!”

Mrs. Wilson began filming earlier this month in Northern Ireland and London.

The mini-series is expected to air on BBC One in the UK this autumn and on Masterpiece on PBS in the US at a later date.