Go behind the scenes of the ITV Drama ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’, as the cast and crew take you through the process of filming, from the development of ideas all the way to production.
Luke Evans on the honour of portraying Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins and respecting the victims of John Cooper’s crimes.
Based on the 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.
Dark January nights are the perfect time to get your teeth into a gritty drama – and Hollywood’s Luke Evans has just the ticket. He stars as Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins in ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’ who goes in search of the man behind two unsolved double murders from the 1980s. Can DSI Wilkins crack the case? Luke joins us to tell us more, and shares some exciting news about Disney’s prequel to Beauty and the Beast.
ITV has been on top of their true-crime game this year, with must-see programmes such as White House Farm and Des drawing us in, and in our millions.
So it’s little surprise the TV channel is pulling off a hat-trick this year, with the upcoming The Pembrokeshire Murders looking equally unmissable.
Luke Evans will take the lead as Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins as he looks to reopen two unsolved double murders.
The synopsis for the upcoming three-part series reads:
“Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases.
Luke Evans is set to star in a new ITV true crime drama from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.
RADIO TIMES: Evans will take on the lead role in The Pembrokeshire Murders, which is described by ITV as a “three-part mini-series depicting the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer.”
The drama has been adapted by In Plain Sight scribe Nick Stevens, from the novel Catching the Bullseye Killer, which was written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Speaking on his casting as Wilkins, Evans said in an ITV statement, “It is a privilege to be playing the role of Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders and working again with Simon Heath, his team at World Productions and ITV.
“It’s a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken.”
The mini-series focuses on the 2006 reopening of an investigation into an unsolved double murder from the 1980s, and Wilkins’s chase to find enough evidence to charge a suspected serial killer whose sentence for burglary is nearing completion.
ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, who commissioned the series, said, “Nick Stevens script is a fascinating and insightful account into how and why the Dyfed Powys Police team reopened this cold case and brought a serial killer to justice after he’d evaded capture for nearly two decades. [sic]
“I have wanted to work with Luke Evans again since we made The Great Train Robbery, which Simon Heath and World Productions also produced.
“I’m delighted that The Pembrokeshire Murders is that project, as Luke will be incredible as Steve Wilkins and this is going to be an unmissable drama for our ITV audience.”
Simon Heath, the executive producer, said, “We’re thrilled to be working again with Luke and Nick to bring to the screen the story of Steve Wilkins and his team’s brilliant cold case detective work.”
The cast also includes Keith Allen (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Alexandria Riley (The End of the F***ing World), Caroline Berry (Coronation Street), Oliver Ryan (The Accident) and David Fynn (Vanity Fair).