The three part dramatisation of Mrs Wilson starring ‘Alec’ Alexander Wilson’s granddaughter Ruth Wilson is being broadcast across North America on the PBS network in Masterpiece.
The much acclaimed series has also been nominated for four awards by BAFTA UK after its broadcast in Britain at the end of 2018.
The US/International Edition of the biography that is the foundation of the series, The Secret Lives of a Secret Agent Second Edition, is now available in the USA at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online, and other online suppliers.
The BAFTA nominations are for Ruth Wilson Leading Actress, Snowed In Productions and BBC One for Best Mini-Series, Keeley Hawes for Best Supporting Actress, and Konnie Daniel for Best Make Up and Hair Design.
At the same time efforts by the historian and biographer of Alexander Wilson, Professor Tim Crook, to persuade the British authorities to release more files and information have yielded some progress.
The UK Security Service MI5 are now considering his request to release as much information as they can to the National Archives.
He was invited to contact MI5 by British Home Office Minister Ben Wallace MP.
In a letter to the Director-General of the Security Service, Andrew Parker, Professor Crook wrote:
My involvement in the project has been academic and humanitarian and I am hoping the Security Service’s enlightened policy of releasing material for historical public interest could be extended to Mr Wilson in order to assist the understanding of his surviving children two of whom are now aged 97 and 96. They and the many members of his extended family would appreciate the release of any Archives that could explain the background to events taking place more than 70 years ago and subsequently.
Professor Crook has been told that the relevant department at MI5 is now considering the request.
As the credits explain at the end of each episode, the series is based on a combination of a short memoir written by Ruth Wilson’s grandmother Alison (who was ‘Alec’ Alexander Wilson’s third wife) and more than 13 years of investigation and research by Professor Crook that resulted in the publication of the first edition of the Secret Lives of a Secret Agent in 2010 (Kindle edition in 2011), and more recently the second and wholly revised edition published in the UK in 2018 and the USA in 2019.
Recently Professor Crook was interviewed by feature writer Barbara Eeles for a Suffolk group of local and regional newspapers and he described how he unravelled the complex mysteries of Wilson’s extraordinary life as well as helping to bring the various families together.
Wilson’s grandson, Sam Wilson (brother of Ruth Wilson) wrote an analysis ‘Mrs Wilson: Still Searching for the Real Mr Wilson’ for the BBC to accompany the hugely popular broadcast in the UK.
Visit the other pages on this website for more background information on the Alexander Wilson story, his family, the investigation, and his career and significance as an author.