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The Widow: Was it really worth those eight episodes?

Kate Beckinsale stars as Georgia Wells in The Widow. Picture by ITV

The Widow, UTV, Tuesday at 9pm

AS a fan of Baptiste and The Missing, there was no question over whether or not I would sit down to watch The Widow.

Sibling writers Harry and Jack Williams have come to the fore of television drama of late with emotional and unpredictable story-telling.

And away from what seems to be an endless number of police-related dramas, The Widow has been a watchable alternative in recent weeks, ticking all the boxes for me when it first began to air.

But this week's finale was, in truth, a complete anti-climax.

Disappointing and at times predictable, in reality, the series could have been wrapped up in less than the eight episodes.

For the last month I've watched the plight of Georgia Wells, played by Hollywood actress Kate Beckinsale, who is desperate to discover what really happened to her husband Will when his plane crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Consumed by grief and holed up in the Welsh wilderness, Georgia is given hope of Will's survival when she sees a man resembling him appearing on a television news bulletin.

With his body never recovered from the wreckage in the Congolese jungle, Georgia travels to Kinshasa to get answers about his mysterious death three years on.

But step by step, her mission was threatened by someone intent on going to extreme lengths to keep her away from the truth.

The conclusion this week came on the back of the penultimate episode which saw Georgia finally reunited with Will, alive and well in Rwanda.

Not completely unexpected perhaps, he has moved on and is living with a new woman and their baby.

In Tuesday's final episode, a devastated Georgia is determined that something good should come from the tragic situation she has unearthed.

She sets out to reveal the disturbing, sinister conspiracy surrounding the plane crash, how Will faked his own death as well as the smuggling operation led by his charity worker boss Judith Gray and her partner in crime, General Azikiwe.

Determined to get justice and to highlight the human rights abuses and mining operations of Azikiwe - the man also responsible for the bombed flight - she organises a protest outside his home with relatives of those killed demanding answers.

A guilt-ridden Azikiwe takes his own life before he can be arrested, while Judith is carted off by the police after her involvement in the smuggling plot is revealed.

In a bid to make up for his betrayal of Georgia, Will is later seen spilling the beans in a court room, revealing the details of the general's operation.

In another final, quite nice, plot line, Georgia is reunited with former child soldier Adidja, who is brought back to the UK to live with her.

"You have a home, we are making a new home together," said Georgia.

The series ends on a more uplifting note with Georgia moving out of her home in the Welsh mountains, abandoning her former reclusive life to finally move on from her tragic past.

And after the writers' revelation that they are unlikely to do another series of The Widow, this is where Georgia's story ends.

A bit boring really.

I know it's frustrating sometimes when dramas end on a cliff-hanger, but this one, it just ended.

But what about Will? Was he jailed or did he get to return to his new life? What about Judith too - did she get her comeuppance?

When the series began, it appeared to offer something different - the Congolese setting, the guerrillas and a Hollywood actress playing the main role all appeared tempting viewing - it could have been a thrilling, edge of the seat drama.

But after eight episodes, I'm left thinking was it really worth those eight hours spent in front of the television?

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