Behind the scenes of The Pembrokeshire Murders as viewers praise ‘sensitive’ and ‘powerful’ drama | Wales

The Pembrokeshire Murders – a new ITV drama collection adapted from a real criminal offense e-book ‘Catching the Bullseye Killer’ tells the story of the remarkable lengths a law enforcement pressure went to to catch a serial killer.

The three-aspect sequence sees Hollywood actor Luke Evans play Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, who in 2006 led a cold situation investigation into two double murder instances from 20 years before.

Utilizing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his staff uncovered microscopic DNA and fibres that possibly joined the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s.

The perpetrator of all those robberies was nearing the conclude of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was proper, he was also a serial killer.

Luke Evans performs Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins Credit history: ITV/The Pembrokeshire Murders

Luke Evans reported it was a “privilege” to be enjoying the function in the drama.

“It is a privilege to be playing the part of Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders and doing the job again with Simon Heath, his crew at Earth Productions and ITV. It’s a enormous responsibility for me as the drama depicts a genuine criminal offense which to this working day continue to influences the families of these whose life were tragically taken.”

ITV Wales journalist and presenter Jonathan Hill, who included the circumstance as a journalist at the time commit the previous year working with the generation firm to flip his guide into the ITV drama.

The 1st episode, which aired on Monday, introduced with 6.3m viewers – the channel’s biggest over-all Drama right away audience given that Vera in 2018 and largest new Drama initial episode right away viewers given that The Durrells in 2016.


Jonathan experienced exclusive obtain to the set and the stars as they filmed in Wales.


Owen Teale, who plays barrister Gerard Elias mentioned, “When you might be there doing it, you ought to never ever overlook that this seriously occurs to folks.  It truly is not a manufactured up tale, it really is not a fantasy. “

Owen Teale plays barrister Gerard Elias Credit: ITV

“This is truth and have a heart for them, for folks that this has influenced”, Teale added.

Caroline Berry, who performs Cooper’s wife mentioned, “But I do remember that because I know especially the murders on the coastal path ended up notably stunning since these had been two men and women just on the last working day of their holiday break making the most of their final walk and to be executed like that I mean, stunning, in a put of attractiveness, that individuals go to unwind and appreciate, awful.

Keith Allen and Caroline Berry filming for the drama Credit rating: ITV

Keith Allen, who performs John Cooper stated, “I’m not trying to do an effect of the male you know.  But on the back again of your brain, there is and I guess there really should be an recognition that there are individuals who ended up his victims who are still alive who will look at this so you are unable to be flippant about it at all.  You are unable to showboat.”

Luke Evans included, “It is a powerful story and it is a accomplishment tale when it demonstrates you how people arrive with each other and when the real truth is there as deeply as it was buried, if men and women have a passion and a want to uncover the reality, they’re going to locate it.  I hope we have finished it justice, I really do.”


The drama proceeds Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 9pm on ITV which is adopted by a documentary on Thursday 14 January.

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