TV Review: The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV) – Miniseries

The Pembrokeshire Murders is a three-part miniseries that aired on ITV in January 2021. The series follows the true story of newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) as he investigates the Pembrokeshire murders by Welsh serial killer John Cooper (Keith Allen) in the 1980s. With advances in technology for Forensic DNA analysis, witness reports and artists impressions of the suspect, Wilkins decides to re-open two unsolved murder cases linked with a string of burglaries. When Dyfed-Powys Police review a 1989 episode of Bullseye, this ultimately leads them to finally catch the serial killer.

Rating:

The Pembrokeshire Murders is a well-told true-crime drama that showcases the exceptional work of Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins in his determination to close a number of unsolved cases that were plaguing his team.

Luke Evans gives a brilliant performance and it’s great to see him on our TV screens. The efforts of the real person he is playing definitely merit this story being told and it’s uplifting to see the dedication he put into it.

Keith Allen gives a great performance, too. However, the series is very short and, aired over three days, there wasn’t enough time to get emotionally invested. I was more interested in how the team worked to connect Cooper to the crimes rather than on Cooper’s character, unlike last year’s Des which really left a lasting impression.

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