ITV and Amazon Prime series The Widow is going to be hitting screens in Britain soon with high octane, non-stop drama that will keep audiences glued to their sofas. Kate Beckinsale takes the lead as the titular widow Georgia Wells, who is convinced her late husband isn’t dead despite seemingly perishing in an aeroplane crash. Read on to find out more about The Widow and the writing process.
How many episodes are in The Widow on ITV?
The Widow consists of a total of eight episodes which will be airing on a weekly basis in the UK on ITV.
Amazon Prime dropped The Widow outside Britain in its entirety for international audiences to binge watch in one go.
ITV has yet to announce an air date, but Amazon dropped the show back on March 1.
The Widow was filmed over the course of several months last year with the action moving from Wales to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This role marks Beckinsale’s return to TV after many years having done Hollywood movies including the Underworld film franchise, Pearl Harbor and Van Helsing.
Along with Beckinsale, the show also stars Alex Kingston, Charles Dance, Matthew Gravelle, Louise Brealey and Babs Olusanmokun, among others.
Speaking about the show, the Williams brothers said: “It’s a conspiracy thriller with Kate Beckinsale as a woman whose husband dies in a plane crash years ago and she returns to the Congo where the crash happened suspecting that all is not as it seems.”
The writers, who are also behind The Missing, Liar and Baptiste, said it was “very different” to what they’d done before.
They added: “The Widow has a bigger stage, a very different setting.”
The writers continued: “Although it’s got some action moments, it’s still a character-led thriller at the heart of it, 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 an end it’s all very satisfying.”
Both teased the eight parts would “really exciting” and “almost like a movie”.
Reflecting on the writing process, the writers explained: “I think because it’s episodic in its nature TV, we always work towards the end of an episode and try to hit those points of intrigue.
“We’ve always got those in our mind but it’s really how the story’s going to play out as a whole that we’re looking at that really.”
They said each episode would leave audiences “wanting more” with cliff hangers each week that keep people coming back the following week, saying The Widow was also one that could be binged.
The Williams brothers promised the ending would be “satisfying” for audiences with a definitive conclusion.
The Widow will air on ITV later in 2019 and is available to watch on Amazon Prime outside the UK