Preview – Black Widow: The Beginning

Black Widow

Walter Presents – which showcases the best foreign language drama series from around the world – continues with this tense, complex Dutch crime drama in which Carmen, the daughter of a notorious Amsterdam crime lord, reluctantly takes charge of the family’s drug-smuggling business in order to clear her husband’s debts.

In the first episode, preparations are under way for the wedding of Amsterdam crime lord Andre de Rue’s youngest daughter Marleen. His eldest daughter, Carmen van Walraven, is angry to discover that the illegal business concerns of her husband Frans, who runs a marina as an ostensibly legal front for a hash-smuggling business, have impacted on the lives of their children. Her son Boris has been expelled from school for taking in a gun that he stole from the glove compartment of his father’s car. When Carmen confronts Frans over the gun, he admits that he has feared for his life since he and his partners, Carmen’s brother Irwan and family friend Steven, stole a large stash of drugs belonging to another dealer, with the whole affair ending in a terrifying shoot-out. On the night of the wedding, a frightened Carmen and Frans agree to leave the country for ever, but the next morning their plans are struck a devastating blow. Starring Monic Hendrickx, Thomas Acda, Fedja van Huet, Marcel Hensema and Tom Jansen. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Black Widow: The Beginning – Wednesday at 10.00pm on Channel 4.