The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton TV PG
Airing Sunday, May 20, 2007 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
...(An) evocative drama, very touching...
-- The Telegraph
Just as Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart have turned us into rabid consumers of cooking and lifestyle advice, the Victorians had their own evangelist in the shape of one Mrs. Isabella Beeton. How did a woman who couldn't cook produce the world's most famous recipe book?
Dead at the age of 28, this cultural icon was not the sturdy matron one might imagine, but a sassy, feisty and talented journalist and editor with an equally entrepreneurial husband, Sam.
Theirs was an extraordinary marriage -- the meeting of two creative minds to the enhancement of both. But it was the marriage that led to Isabella's untimely death, and the revelation of a dark secret.
Anna Madeley (Inspector Lewis: Whom the Gods Would Destroy) stars as Isabella and JJ Feild (To the Ends of the Earth) as her husband Samuel Beeton.