The Pembrokeshire Murders
|The Pembrokeshire Murders|
|Based on||The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Bullseye Killer|
by Steve Wilkins
|Written by||Nick Stevens|
|Directed by||Marc Evans|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Audio format||Surround sound 5.1|
|Original release||11 January –|
13 January 2021
The Pembrokeshire Murders is a British three-part television drama miniseries, based on the Pembrokeshire murders by Welsh serial killer John Cooper. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen two unsolved 1980s murder cases linked with a string of burglaries. New advances in technology for Forensic DNA analysis, witness reports and artists impressions of the suspect lead to Dyfed-Powys Police reviewing a 1989 episode of Bullseye, which led to the serial killer finally being caught. It premiered on ITV on 11 January 2021.
The drama is the thirteenth in a series of ITV mini-series featuring notorious British murder cases of the past two centuries, following on from This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Shipman (2002), A Is for Acid (2002), The Brides in the Bath (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006), Appropriate Adult (2011), Dark Angel, In Plain Sight (both 2016), Little Boy Blue (2017), Manhunt (2019), White House Farm, and Des (both 2020).
- Luke Evans as Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins
- Keith Allen as serial killer John Cooper
- Caroline Berry as Pat Cooper, John Cooper's wife
- David Fynn as Jonathan Hill
- Oliver Ryan as Andrew Cooper
- Alexandria Riley as Detective Inspector Ella Richards
- Charles Dale as Detective Sergeant Gareth Rees
- Steven Meo as Detective Inspector Lynne Harries
- Richard Corgan as Detective Sergeant Glyn Johnson
- Kyle Lima as Detective Constable Nigel Rowe
- Steffan Cennydd as Jack Wilkins
- Anastasia Hille as Dr Angela Gallop
- Roger Evans as Detective Chief Inspector Jim Morris
- William Thomas as Detective Chief Inspector George Jones
- Suzanne Packer as Chief Constable Tyler
- Sarah Jane as Police officer
- Owen Teale as Gerard Elias QC
- Ian Saynor as Mr Justice Griffith Williams
- Rhodri Evan as Detective Chief Superintendent Coles
- Simon Nehan as Craig
Development and casting
In January 2020, production began on The Pembrokeshire Murders, starring Luke Evans of The Great Train Robbery as Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, and Keith Allen as John Cooper, serial killer.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.K. viewers|
|1||"Episode One"||Marc Evans||Nick Stevens||11 January 2021||TBD|
|DCS Steve Wilkins re-opens one of Wales's most notorious unsolved crimes, known locally as the Coastal Path Murders.|
|2||"Episode Two"||Marc Evans||Nick Stevens||12 January 2021||TBD|
|The investigation into the Coastal Path Murders continues, but with no conclusive results from forensic testing, DCS Wilkins and his team must tackle the chief suspect, John Cooper, head-on for three days of interviews.|
|3||"Episode Three"||Marc Evans||Nick Stevens||13 January 2021||TBD|
|A long awaited forensic breakthrough gives DCS Steve Wilkins and his team the vital ammunition they need in the case against John Cooper.|
Rebecca Nicholson, reviewing on behalf of The Guardian, described the drama as "no glory for violent, rotten crimes" and gave it four stars, while Carol Midgley for The Times described the show was "a case of too much cop and not enough killer" and gave it three stars. Ed Cummings from The Independent criticised the programme for following dramatic clichés and poor script-writing, awarding only two stars.
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