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New ITV Series 'The Pembrokeshire Murders' Starring Luke Evans Sounds So Chilling

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New ITV Series 'The Pembrokeshire Murders' Starring Luke Evans Sounds So Chilling

True crime fans, gather around. ITV has just announced a new series starring Hollywood actor Luke Evans - and with the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard at the helm, we can bet it's going to be a gripping watch.

The three-part series, The Pembrokeshire Murders, will focus on the pursuit of a serial killer who murdered four people 20 years earlier.

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The brutal deaths of Helen and Richard Thomas in 1985 and Gwenda and Peter Dixon in 1989 were tragically left unsolved, but over two decades later, senior investigating officer, Steve Wilkins (played by Luke) decides to reopen and bid to solve the mysterious killings.

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The series is adapted from a book written by Steve Wilkins and ITV journalist Jonathan Hill, Catching The Bullseye Killer and reveals how Steve - after being promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2006 - decided to reopen the cases from over two decades ago.

Luke Evans stars as Steve Wilkins (Credit: ITV)
Luke Evans stars as Steve Wilkins (Credit: ITV)

Along with the Dyfed-Powys Police force, Steve uncovered vital evidence (including microscopic DNA and fibres) linking the double murder to a convicted prisoner, John Cooper, who was already serving time in jail for burglary.

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The suspect was coming to the end of his sentence and Steve and the team are tasked with finding enough forensic evidence to charge him before his release.

 Peter and Gwenda Dixon who were murdered on an isolated stretch of the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath (Credit: PA)
Peter and Gwenda Dixon who were murdered on an isolated stretch of the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath (Credit: PA)

Luke said it was a "privilege" to be playing the role, adding: "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."

Starring alongside Luke will be Keith Allen (Marcella), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Alexandria Riley (The End of the F***ing World), Caroline Berry, Oliver Ryan and David Fynn.

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The series has been commissioned by ITV's head of drama, Polly Hill, who said she's been wanting to work with Luke again for some time.

"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," she said.

Keith Allen stars as murderer John Cooper (Credit: PA)
Keith Allen stars as murderer John Cooper (Credit: PA)

"I have wanted to work with Luke Evans again since we made The Great Train Robbery, which Simon Heath and World Productions also produced.

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"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."

Filming is set to begin this month, so here's to hoping it'll be hitting our screens this year!

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