‘The Widower’ finale review: Did episode 3 of Archie Panjabi’s other series succeed?

Widower -For viewers in America, Archie Panjabi is best known for her role as Kalinda on “The Good Wife.” It’s a part that has won her countless critical acclaim, and made her into one of the most sought-after TV actors for gigs.

What most Americans may not be so familiar with is that Archie has another series that is currently on the air right now over on British station ITV. It is the true-crime story of a man in Malcolm Webster who was jailed for at least 30 years for a murder in 1994 and also an attempted killing in New Zealand five years later.

If you are watching just because of your love for Panjabi, be prepared for a very different sort of story than “The Good Wife.” While both are very dramatic, this one is more in the dark, gritty sense. It’s meant, after all, to tell a true story, and while there may be justice, that does not yield the sort of resolution that many want. It doesn’t bring back the lives of anyone who has fallen.

The story itself is pretty powerful and gripping, but also difficult at times to watch. The best way to describe it is almost as such: If you can handle the subject matter, then you will probably be pretty engrossed in the tale. If you can’t, this is the sort of show to steer clear from. We know that there will be many who read this who have not ever heard of the show before, so keep this in mind before seeking it out.

But like most British dramas, we would say that this is a cut above most of what we have on American network TV. It’s not going to surprise you or change the way you view things, but it puts most other true-crime stories to shame with its acting and pace. Grade: B.

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