Rent The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021)

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2h 23min
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Synopsis:
Brought to you by the producers of global hit 'Bodyguard', true crime drama 'The Pembrokeshire Murders' brings to life the extraordinary cold-case pursuit of the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history. Two unsolved double murders from the 1980's and an unsolved violent assault on five teenagers in 1996 cast a long shadow over the work of the Dyfed-Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke Evans) decided to reopen all three cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team, Operation Ottawa, linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80's and 90's.
The perpetrator of those crimes was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer...Could Steve and his team unearth enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ed Talfan
Writers:
Jonathan Hill, Nick Stevens, Steve Wilkins
Studio:
ITV
Genres:
British TV, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2021
Run Time:
143 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • DNA and Evidence Gathering
  • A True Story
  • Filming the Pembrokeshire Murders
  • Cast Interviews

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Reviews (1) of The Pembrokeshire Murders

An outstanding Evans powers this true story of tenacious detective/police work & search for justice - The Pembrokeshire Murders review by TB

Spoiler Alert
14/10/2023

I first knew about the John Cooper cases (or the Bullseye killer as some sections of the media crassly called him, after he was convicted partly due to his appearance on the aforementioned TV gameshow,) watching a television documentary. The events, despite being absolutely horrific in terms of their brutality, also stuck with me for the sheer number of them in the period of time committed (multiple murders alongside over 30 burglaries & violent sexual assaults.) This television series looks at the reopened investigation led by Steve Wilkins, who was determined to track down the demonic & dispicible individual who had carried out this rampage.

The series is absolutely outstanding for many reasons, but mainly because it emphatically puts the victims of Cooper's front & center of the programme, whether it is the casualties of his criminal acts, through to his own family members. It was revealed that Cooper's estranged son was spoken to at length by the writer/director/producing team, especially as his evidence was crucial in convicting his father of the multiple crimes. His life, including horrific assaults & abuse as a boy, was pure hell and added to that was the fact that Cooper repeatedly attempted to blame/point the finger at his son as the perpetrator of his crimes. The abuse & mental torture inflicted on his mother/Cooper's wife is also repeatedly shown in horrific detail.

The script is perfect, the performances great (especially Evans & Allen,) and the whole series gripping. Even though I remembered many of the details of the case, there were still some surprises along the way. It is also a perfect length, each of the episodes exactly right in terms of content & pacing. I marathoned all 3 and the nearly 2 & a half hours flew by.

A wonderful & powerfully made TV series.

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