Downton Abbey alum Joanne Froggatt headlines a new drama series about a mother with a secret

They say never judge a book by its cover... and you should also never judge a woman by how many Lululemon leggings she owns. (OK, to be fair, it’s unclear whether the suburban mum in this British thriller is a fiend for athletic wear, but there’s definitely more to her than meets the eye.)

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The series, which arrived earlier this month on CBC’s free streaming service, stars Downton Abbey alum Joanne Froggatt as Angela—a mother-of-two with a seemingly perfect life. However, in reality, she suffers daily torment from her husband, Olivier (Michiel Huisman, The Flight Attendant). It seems like there’s no way out, but when a private eye named Ed (Samuel Adewunmi) comes knocking one day and reveals that Olivier has a deep, dark secret or three, our heroine is forced to decide whether she will continue living in a constant state of abuse, fear and deception, or take this intel as a chance to fight for her freedom but risk losing everything—her life included. Another problem: can Angela really trust the sleuth who’s supplied her with this dirt, or does Ed have a hidden agenda of his own?

Angela Black is available to stream on CBC Gem