Drama

TV Picks: 11th January - 18th January

The Pembrokeshire Murders

Monday

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.

David Tennant to star in new ITV drama Litvinenko

Written by George Kay, the four-part drama will explore the death of former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who was found dead from polonium poisoning in November 2006. 

The murder led to one of the most dangerous and testing investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police.  

The drama highlights the painstaking work of the Scotland Yard officers who dedicated ten years of their lives to discover who was responsible.

Waterloo Road to return to BBC One

The new series will be set and made in Greater Manchester and co-produced by Wall To Wall and Rope Ladder Fiction.

Waterloo Road originally aired on the BBC from 2006 to 2015, during which time it became one of the UK’s most popular and longest-running TV dramas.

With the pandemic came greater awareness of the challenges teachers, parents and pupils face that have become even more pronounced due to lockdown restrictions. The new series will explore these important issues and more.

Channel 4 announces cast for Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani’s new dramedy Chivalry

Written by and starring Steve Coogan and Sarah Solemani, Chivalry will explore the hot topic of gender politics in the #MeToo era in the film and television industries.

Wanda Sykes (Blackish) stars as astute studio executive Jean Shrill, who arranges for indie filmmaker Bobby Sohrabi (Solemani) to take over as director of “A Little Death”, a problematic movie produced by Cameron O’Neill (Coogan).

Cameron is striving to keep his name in lights but the threat of cancel culture looms large.

ITV announces the cast for new drama Holding

Conleth Hill and Siobhan McSweeney (Credit: Conor Horgan/ITV)

Brenda Fricker, Siobhán McSweeney, Charlene McKenna, Helen Behan, Pauline McLynn and Conleth Hill have been cast in the four-part drama, directed by Kathy Burke.

Conleth Hill plays local police officer Sergeant PJ Collins, a soft and gentle man who shies away from people and fills his days with eating comfort food and half-hearted police work. 

He lives his life as a loveable outsider but is lonely and lacks motivation for his job. 

When the long-lost body of local legend Tommy Burke is found, Collins must stop hiding away and solve the biggest crime of his career.