Reece Shearsmith will play convicted murderer Malcolm Webster in a new three part factual drama for ITV, The Widower.
Also starring Sheridan Smith, who takes on the role of Malcolm’s wife Claire Morris, The Widower is co-written and executive-produced by ITV Studios’ award-winning factual drama screenwriter and film-maker Jeff Pope.
The Widower tells the story of how seemingly mild-mannered male nurse Malcolm set about poisoning and murdering his first wife, attempting to do the same to his second wife and his scheme to deceive his third fiancee over a 13-year period.
Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning said, “I’m delighted to be commissioning another compelling factual drama from Jeff Pope and ITVS. The combination of tautly written scripts and a fantastic cast makes this a really exciting addition to our 2014 drama slate”.
The Widower is set on the east and west coasts of Scotland, Auckland in New Zealand and Guildford, Surrey. The series will air on ITV in the coming months.