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The Widower [DVD]

Archie Panjabi , Sheridan Smith    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FFAZ0Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,602 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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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? ...The Widower

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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 the need to be in control was an overriding urge in Webster and the way he functioned - it is what drove his monstrous actions as much as base greed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Chilling 1 April 2014
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and horrific. 9 May 2014
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Having seen this on TV, I had to get the DVD. I was not disappointed. Subtitles very helpful. Good performance by Reece Shearsmith, and commendable performances from everyone else. I did not realise at first that the whole thing was non-fiction, and I was a little worried when I learnt it was. I hoped Malcolm wouldn't gain anything out of the sales of the DVD, but having read the case on the Internet, I was assured that any money made would go towards the families of the victims, or in Felicity and Edward's cases, intended victims. Worth watching!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great except for the 'Kiwi' accents 13 July 2014
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Brilliant series - only wish they had cast more New Zealand actors in the roles portraying the NZ characters as the accents of the UK and Australian actors used, while probably okay to UK ears, were hideously wrong to Kiwi ears. Otherwise, suspenseful and gripping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best series on ITV for years 4 July 2014
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The best series on ITV for years. Full of suspense and drama. Thoroughly recommended. Right to the last episode, left wondering how it would all turn out. Excellent interpretation of a true story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true story not to be missed
Very good. Plus it was all true. Don't miss this one
Published 1 month ago by Raftman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murderer.
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliantly, the acting was superb. Although you always knew 'who done it' it was still full of suspense. The face that it was based on real events added to it - unbelievable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling - but well acted!
Saw this on TV, so well written and acted, gives a good rounded and genuine view on the very clever manipulations of someone with a severe personality disorder and the lengths they... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Paula Sanli
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WIDOWER
I brought this having missed it on television but knew it would be very good having Reece Shearsmith in it , it was extremely good.
Published 2 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Top viewing
Wonderfully made, great actors chosen for their respective parts. Based on a true story makes it extra special viewing. Highly recommended
Published 2 months ago by Teresa van Kaathoven
4.0 out of 5 stars The widower
A very good film based on a true story, how did he get away with it? Did he have no conscience?ij
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Susan Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
My mum loved this dvd so I have got it for her birthday. I have not seen it myself but I am glad my mum with enjoy it
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Jeanette Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I watched this on TV, my husband who works away missed it so thought I would get it for his birthday
Published 3 months ago by Caroline Pitcher
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