DOU­BLE TAKE ON THE AF­FAIR

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From the ti­tle, you may think you have The Af­fair fig­ured out. And yes, the plot is hardly un­con­ven­tional: small town wait­ress Alison, still griev­ing over the death of her child, has an af­fair with mar­ried writer Noah (Do­minic West).

The twist is that each episode is told twice, once from her per­spec­tive and once from his — and they don’t see the world in the same way.

Ruth Wil­son, who won a Golden Globe for the role, says she had to play two “Alisons”.

“It was quite a hard task but it’s what ex­cited me about the project in the first place — that I got to play two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of my char­ac­ter,” Wil­son says from New York where she’s ap­pear­ing in Con­stel­la­tions on Broad­way with Jake Gyl­len­haal (the pair are ru­moured to be an item).

“She sees ev­ery­thing in her ver­sion through the prism of her grief,” she ex­plains. “(Noah) doesn’t seem to see any grief with her. He sees a free spirit.

“So I al­most try to play his ver­sion with­out grief, and my ver­sion with.”

The Af­fair has been her US break­through but she’s familiar to UK au­di­ences thanks to Jane Eyre and Luther. She hasn’t yet been con­firmed for the two new Luther tele­movies – “hope­fully I will be in it” she says – but she will def­i­nitely be back for sea­son two of The Af­fair.

THE AF­FAIR, SOHO, TUES, 7.30PM

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