Mrs Wil­son 9pm, BBC One

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This three-part drama lays out the tan­gled af­fairs of Alexan­der Wil­son, an English writer of 1930s spy nov­els, who later be­came bet­ter known for his shad­owy ca­reer as an MI6 agent – and, more re­cently, as the mind-bog­glingly messy de­tails of his pri­vate life emerged. The story be­gins with the death of Wil­son (Iain Glen) in 1963. As his widow, Al­i­son (Ruth Wil­son), and their sons pre­pare for his funeral, how­ever, strange de­tails be­gin to emerge, and strange faces turn up at their door. Soon, Al­i­son is left won­der­ing whether she knew her hus­band at all, and be­gins ex­am­in­ing their re­la­tion­ship, right back to their wartime meet­ing in 1940. It’s some­what slow, but it’s an in­trigu­ing tale, and lent a cu­ri­ous ex­tra di­men­sion from the fact that star Ruth Wil­son is ac­tu­ally their real grand­daugh­ter.

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