What is The Woman in the Wall about?

Truth is stranger than fiction, and that's certainly something The Woman in the Wall is going to prove.

Ruth Wilson as Lorna in THE WOMAN IN THE WALL, “Back to Life.” Photo Credit: Chris Barr/BBC/Paramount+ with SHOWTIME.
Ruth Wilson as Lorna in THE WOMAN IN THE WALL, “Back to Life.” Photo Credit: Chris Barr/BBC/Paramount+ with SHOWTIME. /
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While there are some great returning shows coming to broadcast networks, we’re also on the lookout for something new. This week sees the release of The Woman in the Wall on Paramount+ and Showtime.

If you’re looking for something based on truth, this is the series for you. Sometimes truth is scarier than fiction. After all, the inspiration from fiction has to come from something, doesn’t it? And this series has the shocking revelation in the title.

Yes, there is a woman in a wall. What happened? Well, that’s what we’ll get to find out as the show airs on Paramount+ and Showtime.

The Woman in the Wall synopsis

The series follows Lorna Brady, an Irish woman who wakes up one morning to find out that there’s a dead body in the house. Lorna doesn’t know the woman or how this woman got there.

Did she do it? Well, something that she didn’t realize is that she sleepwalks. A lot. Lorna ends up incarcerated at the Kilkinure Convent, but it only ends up causing more harm than good. Detective Colman Akande starts investigating Lorna, but it’s not about the dead woman in her house. There is something else that’s happened that she may be connected to.

Did she do any of it, though? That’s what she needs to figure out while she also deals with the treatment of herself in the infamous convent.

"Lorna (Ruth Wilson) wakes up to find the dead body of a woman in her house. Lorna has a long history of trauma-based sleepwalking that stretches back to her time spent in Ireland’s controversial Magdalene Laundries."

Colman has his own secrets, and he has his own suspicions. It’s possible that Lorna is an innocent party, and he may be able to help her. That is if she’s willing to help him.

The series is a haunting look at the treatment of women in these convents. It’s also a look at how little we still understand mental health.

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The Woman in the Wall premieres on Paramount+ on Friday, Jan. 19 and airs on Showtime Sundays starting Jan. 21.