Friday, January 10

Sheridan Smith & Reece Shearsmith to star in ITV's The Widower

Updated 16th March:  The first episode of The Widower will be aired on ITV1 Monday 17th March at 9:00 pm

ITV has just announced that Sheridan Smith is to star in the factual crime drama The Widower playing Claire Morris: the wife of murderous fraudster Malcolm Webster (played by Reece Shearsmith) who was jailed for life in 2011 and recently lost an appeal against his conviction.

Based on real events the three-part drama will detail Webster’s attempts to poison Claire with drugs stolen from the hospital where he works. As she becomes suspicious Webster drugs her and kills her in a car crash which was thought at the time to have been an accident.

He flees to New Zealand to start a new life  attempting to embark on a similar scheme to cash in on insurance payments, as he had done on the previous occasion with his second wife Felicity Drumm survived his murder attempt in 1999.

He fled to Scotland and tried to woo Simone Banarjee and is on to his third murder attempt. It is  then that Detective Inspector Charlie Henry, Head of CID for Argyll and Bute, played by John Hannah (Damages, Cold Blood) to try to stop the criminal.

It will be filmed in Scotland, Auckland in New Zealand, and Guildford in Surrey.

The Widower has been produced by Kwadjo Dajan (Mrs Biggs, Appropriate Adult as co-producer), executive produced by Jeff Pope and directed by Paul Whittington (Mrs Biggs, Vera) for ITV Studios. The series is co-written by James Barton.

Looks like the talented Sheridan has got a part in another gritty drama ....

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