Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett stars as political activist Phyllis Schlafly in the U.S. drama, Mrs America. Based on a true story, the series centres around Schlafly's strong opposition to the women’s liberation movement, and first debuted over in the States earlier this year. But when will the drama arrive on this side of the pond? Well, the series is indeed on the way, and here's how to watch Mrs America in the UK.
As the Radio Times reports, the drama premiered on the U.S. streaming service Hulu back in April, and double-bill episodes of Mrs. America currently air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on BBC Two. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to stream the whole series in one go, The first season is available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer.
As previously mentioned, the series centres around political activist Phyllis Schlafly, who became a prominent figure in the 1970s due to her overt opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in America. Schlafly stood firmly against equal rights for women, holding the belief that a societal change of this nature would be damaging. After fronting the campaign Stop Taking Our Privileges (STOP), Phyllis successfully managed to throw a spanner into the amendment, and a boatload of controversy soon followed.
Joining Blanchett in the show's A-list cast in Bridesmaids star Rose Bryne, political and feminist figure Gloria Steinem, Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks, American Horror Story's Sarah Paulson, Tracey Ullman, and more.
In a piece for the New York Times, Blanchett opened up about her latest on-screen portrayal, explaining that herself and Schlafly are on opposite ends of the cultural and political spectrum.
"Schlafly and I are, let’s say, two guests you wouldn’t invite to the same dinner party," Blancett wrote, adding that this is in large part what drew her to the character.
"That was precisely why I was attracted to the role. I was drawn to investigate, illuminate, make sense of and hopefully understand the apparent gap between us."
Watch double-bill episodes of Mrs. America every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on BBC Two or stream the full series on BBC iPlayer.
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