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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.

The Secret of Soaps: The Story Behind the Stories

No one could accuse Coronation Street of taking it easy, even though this would be understandable for a middle-aged British telly institution. Over the last couple of years the ITV soap has given viewers multiple murders, deaths and suicides; explosions and a minibus crash; a pre-teen pregnancy; and even a gay vicar.

Audiences have been lapping up the drama, which regularly attracts more than 7 million viewers. Corrie remains the nation’s favourite soap.

Ten things you might not know about Coronation Street

Helen Worth as Gail Platt (Credit: ITV)

 

1. The Rovers by numbers

Everyone's favourite local watering hole the Rovers Return Inn may seem like a fake pub, but staff still pull a hefty number of pints each week, and Betty's famous hotpot lives on long after actress Betty Driver passed away in 2011. Weekly, The Rovers serves up 1,440 pints, 100 gin and tonics, and 84 hotpots - as well as 2,500 bags of crisps per year. The beer served is actually very weak - and very sweet - shandy, and the gin and tonics are just fizzy water and lime.

 

ITV announces their Climate Action Week

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The Climate Action Week will take place from November 1st to coincide with the COP26 talks in Glasgow and will be broadcast across regional and network bulletins and digital channels.

ITV News will provide viewers with coverage before during and after the COP26 conference, building on their long-running Earth on the Edge series, which examines the impact of climate change in the UK and internationality.  

The Voice is set to return to ITV in 2022

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The talent competition will welcome back Anne Marie, Olly Murs, Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am as the formidable coaches. 

Back in their famous spinning chairs, the coaches will be looking for the next singing superstar, with the winner securing a record contract with Universal’s label UMOD. 

Emma Willis will return as the host, as more amateur singers look for fame as the next singing sensation.

ITV commission new Saturday night show from John Bishop

The comedy star is currently on tour with his new stand-up show Right Here Right Now.

Every week for six weeks, Bishop will perform his trademark everyman stand-up and chat to celebrity guests in front of a live studio audience. The interviewees will include some of the biggest names in showbiz and sport.

Bishop will also invite stand-ups from around the world to perform on the show.

The real life of crime

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Credit: ITV)

True crime docs have long been a TV staple but, argued an RTS panel last month, the genre is undergoing a golden age. “There is an enduring appetite for crime,” said Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV’s controller of popular factual. “Each story is a drama in its own right.”

Helen Tonge, MD of Manchester indie Title Role Productions, which made Crimes That Shook Britain for the Crime+Investigation channel, reckoned that “to feel empathy for the victims or family is inherent to our human nature.

ITV's CEO Carolyn McCall on the channel's digital transition

For ITV, the pandemic forced the company to do some hard thinking. Advertising revenue fell off a cliff in the second quarter of 2020, programme ­budgets were slashed, and senior executives took voluntary pay cuts.

“Commercially, we were very worried about our cash situation in the first three or four months of the pandemic,” CEO Carolyn McCall told her interviewer, BBC News’s Dharshini David. “We took some dramatically difficult decisions in the first three weeks of the pandemic because we had to preserve our cash.”