The English Wife

A compelling story of love and deadly deception set in the French countryside, The English Wife was an unusual commission for ITV, and the first single film in a showcase of innovative new drama called ‘The ITV Drama Premieres.’ Zoë Wanamaker plays Madame Griveau who, with her wealthy French husband, dabbles in the murky criminal underworld in a desperate effort to maintain their lavish lifestyle. Elena, an innocent English au pair, becomes unwittingly entangled in their deceit when they employ her to look after their lonely seven-year-old autistic son.


Zoë Wanamaker, Geraldine O'Rawe, Jean-Louis Tribes, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Produced by

Beryl Vertue

Written by

David Reid

Directed by

Simon Shore



First transmitted

4th August 1996 at 9pm


120 mins

Press comments

“It is a beautifully photographed film with picturesque scenery… and an attractive cast.” The Radio Times

“A fine, old-fashioned romantic mystery beautifully filmed in the French countryside.” The Guardian Guide


31st Chicago International Film Festival 1996 Silver Hugo


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