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  • Actors: Archie Panjabi, Sheridan Smith, Reece Shearsmith, John Hannah
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FFAZ0Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three-part ITV drama about real-life killer Malcolm Webster and the crimes he committed in the 1990s. When his wife Claire (Sheridan Smith) becomes suspicious about unpaid bills and credit card debts, Webster (Reece Shearsmith), at the time working as a nurse, poisons her and deliberately crashes their car, setting it on fire and leaving her inside. Three years later he marries Felicity Drumm (Kate Fleetwood) in New Zealand and soon after begins plotting her murder in order to receive money from forged life insurance policies. His plan fails, however, and with Felicity now aware of Webster's true nature, he leaves the country and moves onto a potential third victim, Simone Banarjee (Archie Panjabi). Will investigating Detective Inspector Charlie Henry (John Hannah) catch Webster before it's too late?

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2014
Format: DVD
There is a saying that truth can be stranger than fiction. Well, perhaps it should also read that truth can be more chilling than fiction. THE WIDOWER tells the tale of Malcolm Webster, a seemingly charming man. Yet, as we all know, appearances can be deceptive. This is because Malcolm has secrets, secrets which he must keep from those closest to him. The first episode sees him marrying his first wife, but as she begins to question his debt, he must find a way to 'manage' her. After that, it becomes a bit of a habit for him, using people for his own gains.

I think I found the extent of his behaviour and psychology to be particularly shocking and chilling. To think that there are other people like this is very troubling. It also shows that, just because the police may have their suspicions about someone, unless they can get a conviction their hands are tied when it comes to trying to protect the public. The ending of the series was also perfectly pitched. Although I don't want to give it away for other viewers, suffice to say that one character has a revelation, turning everything they thought they knew and felt on its head.

A brilliant series, I would certainly recommend it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Blue on 7 April 2014
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This three-part real crime drama about the murderer Malcolm Webster had impressive credentials to recommend it, even before it was transmitted & the jaw-dropping, grim true story hooked viewers in (and increased its audience over the three episodes) The assured quality attached to the programme from the start was its producer/co-writer Jeff Pope and its lead actor Reece Shearsmith.

Pope has produced several admirably unsensational and sensitively handled true crime dramas on notorious murderers - `This is Personal:The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper', `See No Evil:The Moors Murders' & `Appropriate Adult', about Fred & Rose West. Reece Shearsmith is a superb & versatile actor, who has been giving brilliant performances in an astoundingly diverse range of roles on TV, film & stage over the last 15 years or so. He's often been labelled a `comedy actor' or even `comedian' due to `The League of Gentlemen' & `Psychoville'. However, acting is acting, whether the material is comedic or dramatic & Reece is prodigiously gifted at both.

Malcolm Webster was convicted in 2011 for the murder of his first wife Claire in 1994 and the attempted murder of his second wife Felicity in New Zealand in 1999 in staged car crashes. He planned to marry a third woman, Simone, bigamously, following his return to Scotland after fleeing arrest in New Zealand. The immediate motive for his crimes was greed, including benefiting from real & forged life insurance policies. What `The Widower' showed though, in horribly fascinating detail, was that the need to be in control was an overriding urge in Webster and the primary way he functioned. It is what drove his monstrous actions as much as base greed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2014
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Malcolm Webster, played superbly by Reece Shearsmith is frighteningly credible. He has an effective way of worming his way into the affections of women, but has several character failings. He is none too good at managing his money, has a tendency to various sorts of dishonesty, and, worst of all, seems to regard his partners as wholly dispensable once they latch onto any of the first two.

The police have extremely strong suspicions about Webster, particularly latterly after his first two marriages, but are constricted by protocol from taking action, much to their frustration. This is a chillingly realistic portrayal and one can only cringe as one lie after another trips off Webster's tongue. Whilst he is obviously very happy with his girlfriends and wives initially, it is clear to the viewer when his attitude towards them changes, much more so than to his partners themselves.

If you missed this on TV, I would certainly recommend you get the DVD. The acting is excellent and mention should also be made of Webster's three partners, Claire (Sheridan Smith), Felicity (Kate Fleetwood), and Simone (Archie Panjabi). The final shocker for me was realising at the closing credits that this was a true story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noon on 13 Jun. 2014
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It isn't so much the performances in this ITV 'drama' but the sheer audacity and twisted mentality of the protagonist Malcolm Webster that has such a powerfully visceral effect.

When one understands that the unfolding trail of bloody minded poisoning and cold blooded murder and attempted murder, not forgetting attempted arson, of each female was simply to satisfy the greed and lust for money of a serial killer whose mind was nothing more than a mental health 'ghetto' the shock of the actions of an outwardly 'normal' person make ones feelings towards this cruel and venomous creature disturbingly palpable.

The callousness and 'matter of factness' of Websters actions is beyond belief. Apologies if this review is rather rambling I am having serious issues of expressing my horror at such brutality towards trusting and loving people by an obviously deranged individual who continues to refuse any responsibility for his actions and continues to plead his innocence for the murder and attempted murder of three unsuspecting people. May he rot in prison.
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