TV Picks: 11th January - 18th January

The Pembrokeshire Murders


ITV, 9pm

ITV’s new true-crime drama, The Pembrokeshire Murders, recounts the solving of one of Wales’ most notorious crimes.

Luke Evans stars as newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, responsible for reopening the unsolved Coastal Path Murders of the 1980s in 2006.

In conversation with Jeff Pope

Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, A Confession, is based on the true story of Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who breached police protocol to catch a killer, costing him his career.

As the writer of dramas including Mrs BiggsLittle Boy Blue and Cilla, Jeff will also discuss highlights from his award-winning career. Filled with clips and stories, this promises to be an evening not to be missed.

Anatomy of a Hit: Line of Duty

The critically acclaimed second series hit our screens in 2014 and realising they had a hit on their hands, the BBC commissioned two more that year. Having become the most popular drama series broadcast on BBC Two in the multi-channel era, Line of Duty made the jump to BBC One.

 With filming for series five underway and fans eagerly anticipating the return of the AC-12 team in 2019, Line of Duty is widely recognised as the decade’s best British drama series.

Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes to star in The Essex Serpent

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Based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Perry, the six-part drama is set in the Victorian times.

Cora (Claire Danes) is newly widowed and ready for a fresh start after being released from her abusive marriage due to the death of her husband. She finds herself drawn to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex, after hearing about a local superstition regarding a mythical sea dragon known as the Essex Serpent.

Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen to star in Jack Thorne’s new drama

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The four-part drama explores the heartbreak and pain of a family being torn apart from having to make a choice no parent would ever want to make.

Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen play married couple Nicci and Andrew and together they have two daughters Katie (Alison Oliver) and Marnie (Niamh Moriarty).

However, Marnie is terminally ill with a life-threatening condition and the doctors believe the kindest thing to do would be to let her die.

First look images released for BBC drama Marriage

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The four-part drama, written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski, shows an intimate look at the lives of married couple Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker) as they navigate the highs and lows of a 30 year marriage. 

Providing a realistic look at what makes a long-term intimate relationship, the drama sees the couple deal with the insecurities, ambiguities, hopes and fears that occur within a marriage. 

The rest of the cast includes James Bolam as Gerry, Emma’s father, Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Jamie, Emma’s Boss, and Chantelle Alle as Jessica, Ian and Emma’s daughter. 

Filming begins for the second series of Bloodlands

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Created and written by Chris Brandon, the new six-part series will see the return of James Nesbitt as the lead character DCI Tom Brannick. 

Nesbitt will be joined by Victoria Smurfit, who plays Olivia, an enigmatic widow who is at the heart of Brannick’s latest case, but looks may deceive, as Smurfit’s intentions aren’t as innocent as they seem.

At the end of the last series, the identity of legendary assassin Goliath was shockingly revealed to be Brannick.

Q&A with cast of BBC One's Chloe

Creator Alice Seabright, executive producer Tally Garner and stars Erin Doherty, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Billy Howle, Jack Farthing and Brandon Micheal Hall give an in depth behind the scenes look at the new BBC One drama Chloe and discuss what to expect from the new drama. The event was hosted by Rhianna Dhillon.

BBC One confirms premiere for new factual drama Four Lives

Writers Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the duo behind The Moorside and Appropriate Adult, will shed new light on the story by shifting the perspective to the friends and families of the four young men who were killed by Port.

The police investigation into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor was widely condemned, and forced their relatives to take the case into their own hands.