Sheridan Smith is to star in upcoming factual crime drama The Widower, ITV has confirmed.
Smith, recently seen in romantic drama The 7.39, is to take on the ill-fated role of Claire Morris, the wife of murderer Malcolm Webster (played by The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith).
Based on real events, Webster’s crimes are “far more chilling than any fiction”, explains ITV’s Head of Factual Drama Jeff Pope.
The three-part drama will detail Webster’s initial attempts to poison Claire with drugs nabbed from the hospital where he works. As Claire becomes suspicious of his plans, Webster plots a car crash to kill her.
Webster later flees to New Zealand to start a new life, but it’s not long before he’s cooking up another murder plan.
When he resurfaces in Scotland four years later, and is onto his third murder attempt, it falls to Detective Inspector Charlie Henry, Head of CID for Argyll and Bute, played by John Hannah (Damages, Cold Blood), to try to stop the criminal.
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.