The Widow – four reasons to watch the drama from Kate Beckinsale to the filming locations

    ITV is bringing you ANOTHER gripping drama, The Widow – which started on April 8, 2019.

    Here are four reasons why you should watch the new TV show starring Hollywood babe Kate Beckinsale…

    The Widow is a new drama coming to ITV starring Kate Beckinsale
    The Widow is a new drama coming to ITV starring Kate Beckinsale
    Two Brothers Pictures – Photos by Coco Van Oppens

    1) The all-star cast

    To start with the show is lead by Kate Beckinsale, who plays the title role of widow Georgia Wells.

    Adding to the star line-up there is esteemed actor Charles Dance and ER star Alex Kingston.

    They are joined by Sherlock’s Louise Brealey and Black Mirror actor Babs Olusanmokun.

    Now that’s a lot of star pull for one TV show.

    The Widow has an all-star cast, including Charles Dance
    The Widow has an all-star cast, including Charles Dance
    Two Brothers Pictures – Photos by Coco Van Oppens

    2) The gripping storyline

    The series follows Georgia Wells, a widow whose husband Will died in a plane crash on a trip to Africa.

    Three years after Will’s death, she sees a man resembling her husband on a news story reporting civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Suspecting that everything is not what it seems, Georgia travels to Kinshasha to uncover the truth.

    She starts to look for answers particularly concerned with the reason why her husband – she believes – faked his own death.

    The eight-episode series also features multiple storylines and explores themes such as violence and corruption.

    We’re hooked already.

    The Widow, which begins on ITV in April 2019, has a gripping storyline
    The Widow, which begins on ITV in April 2019, has a gripping storyline
    Two Brothers Pictures – Photos by Coco Van Oppens

    3) It’s created by the Williams Brothers

    The show is written and created by Harry and Jack Williams.

    The two brothers are also responsible for big TV shows like Liar, The Missing and more recently Baptiste.

    The series is produced by their production house Two Brothers Pictures.

    Harry Williams told the Express: “It’s definitely a different vibe to Baptiste.

    “The Widow has got a bigger scale. There are some big action moments but it’s still a very character-led thriller at its heart.

    “There’s a lot of two-handers, a lot of twists and turns. There’s a big cast and a big canvas. By the time we get to the end, I think it’s very satisfying.

    “Like The Missing it does play with time and you do have flashbacks but it has that kind of intrigue going for it.

    “We had a real end point and we just wanted to work towards that.”

    Alex Kingston also stars in all-star drama The Widow
    Alex Kingston also stars in all-star drama The Widow
    Two Brothers Pictures – Photos by Coco Van Oppens

    4) The incredible filming locations

    Despite being set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, filming predominantly took place in South Africa due to concerns over safety of cast and crew.

    Writers Harry and Jack said: ““We shot it in Cape Town in South Africa, which is a lovely town but looks nothing like The Congo which you’re not allowed to film in because it’s just too dangerous.

    “To make anything in Cape Town, we shot some [scenes] in Durban and some on the East Coast and in South Africa.

    “To make any single frame look like The Congo, you have to bring in extras and buildings.

    “So it’s a big undertaking and a lot of that was simply trying to build that world and have somewhere unique and hardly ever seen on TV as The Congo.”

    Britain, Wales and Rotterdam also served as shooting locations for the upcoming show.


    When is The Widow on TV?

    The Widow started 8 April.

    It runs on Monday and Tuesday for eight episodes in total.

    It continues TONIGHT (April 15, 2019) at 9pm.

    Once the show has aired you will be able to watch it on the ITV Hub.

     

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