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The Widower-anyone watching?

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Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 17-Mar-14 21:11:08

Just started, like a really disturbing MN thread.

Asheth Mon 17-Mar-14 21:29:55

Yes I'm watching. Very chilling. Even worse that it's a true story.

2kidsintow Mon 17-Mar-14 21:30:41

It's creepy!

I wasn't sure how to take it at the start, with 2 lead actors who've both been in comedy programmes.

UnfinishedSentenc Mon 17-Mar-14 21:38:20

Very disturbing, I popped out a second, how long later is this now he's getting married in New Zealand?
I do love Sheridan Smith in anything she does though.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 17-Mar-14 21:39:24

This is so creepy

AndiPandi Mon 17-Mar-14 21:44:44

Is it really based on a true story? I love Sheridan Smith too.

GemmaTeller Mon 17-Mar-14 21:46:35

Yes, a true story.

It is creepy (and scarey)

inneed36 Mon 17-Mar-14 21:51:51

Very creepy, is he the guy that was in league of gentlemen?

MikeLitoris Mon 17-Mar-14 21:56:54

I didn't realise this was based on a true story. What's the guys name? I want to Google the story.

AnneEyhtMeyer Mon 17-Mar-14 22:03:47

Just watched it. It is awful knowing it is based on a true story (Malcolm Webster apparently).

Scary how easy it was for him to get away with the first murder. Reluctant to google in case it gives the rest of the story away.

ImperialBlether Mon 17-Mar-14 22:08:03

Oh my god, how bad an actor is that murderer? I find it really hard to believe someone as smug and uncharismatic as he is could find one wife, never mind two.

ImperialBlether Mon 17-Mar-14 22:10:29

In the real situation, he killed/attempted to kill his wives with car accidents - presumably the second one was what made the police investigate. This guy, though... surely when a fire breaks out they can see what causes the fire? I've read my Sara Paretsky novels!

Katnisscupcake Tue 18-Mar-14 10:24:31

I'm watching it on catch-up now. What do you think would motivate him to change his mind about killing wife number two just because she announces that she's pregnant? I just find it amazing that someone who is so money orientated could feel any emotion towards an unborn child!!

But then not enough emotion to stop from attempting to kill the child's mother...

I guess I just don't understand what goes through these people's heads...

GoldenGytha Tue 18-Mar-14 13:44:00

I watched this with interest as I'm from Aberdeen,

It was very well done I thought, and so chilling, his control of Claire was very disturbing, no one suspected him at first because he played the part of the grieving widower so convincingly, it wasn't til Claire's body was exhumed that police became suspicious.

Clawdy Tue 18-Mar-14 14:35:13

Somehow none of it is convincing enough to be disturbing. It would work better if he was portrayed as a charming,attractive guy,not a weird-looking oddball.

GossamerHailfilter Tue 18-Mar-14 14:53:38

UnfinishedSentenc - 3 and a half years.

GossamerHailfilter Tue 18-Mar-14 14:55:03

Clawdy - but the real Malcolm Webster isnt charming or good looking.

Clawdy Tue 18-Mar-14 20:06:17

You are right, Gossamer - just googled the name. But I think it might have been better then to have him played by somebody very ordinary-looking, not the rather strange-looking Reece. For me,none of the characters seemed remotely believable.

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 18-Mar-14 20:09:07

When is part two?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 18-Mar-14 21:55:15

Am I the only one who thought it was crap then?grin

GossamerHailfilter Tue 18-Mar-14 23:22:24

I think its next monday.

BrokenToeOuch Tue 18-Mar-14 23:53:08

Oh, does he try and bump the second one during this episode too? And was someone watching him while he was at clares graveside?

Southeastdweller Wed 19-Mar-14 13:35:24

Tried to watch this but Reece Shearsmith's casting didn't impress me. He's too much on my mind as a comedic actor and there's something about his face, it's too expressive for drama.

Clawdy Wed 19-Mar-14 13:47:52

DameDiazepan I am in full agreement with you! About as sinister and disturbing as an episode of Doctors.

Cocolepew Wed 19-Mar-14 13:52:42

It was ok, but Sheridan Smith is seriously overrated. I watching something a while ago she was in and she was crap.

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