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.

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.


The Masked Dancer heads to ITV this May

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A spin-off from the RTS-Award winning series The Masked Singer, the new series will see celebrities perform unique dances while dressed in extravagant costumes with gigantic, colourful face masks.

The show’s celebrity panel will then need to work out who is behind the mask, helped along by some cryptic clues.

Strictly star Oti Mabuse will be bringing her dance expertise to the panel, joining Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall as they guess who is busting the moves beneath the giant suits.

ITV commissions Gino and Family’s Italian adventure

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Chef Gino D’Acampo will be taking his family on a tour of his favourite spots in Southern Italy, rediscovering the places, people and flavours that inspired him on his journey to becoming a chef. 

The seven-part series will see Gino joined by his wife, their children and his in-laws as they discover authentic Italian cuisine and experience the breathtaking Italian scenery. 

Each episode will push the D'Acampos outside their comfort zone and will allow Gino to share his love and passion for Italian culture and the finest local delicacies with his family. 

Katherine Ryan set to host new dating show Ready to Mingle

Katherine Ryan (Credit: ITV)

The dating show will see a single woman look for her perfect partner out of 12 suitors, who will be competing for her affection and the opportunity to win a big cash prize. 

However, not everything is as it seems, as some of the boys are not actually single and are being helped by their partners in order to win the cash prize.

Gemma Whelan to lead ITV thriller The Tower

Homeland writer and executive producer, Patrick Harbinson, has adapted The Tower from Post Mortem, the first novel of former Met Police Officer Kate London’s Metropolitan series. Jim Loach (Save Me Too) will direct.

When a veteran copper and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London, rookie officer Lizzie Griffiths and a five-year-old boy are left alive on the roof.

Olly Murs to host new entertainment series Starstruck

Olly Murs (credit: ITV)

Murs will be joined by a celebrity panel including singer and actress Sheridan Smith (Gavin and Stacey), Queen frontman Adam Lambert, comedian Jason Manford and the musical star and soul icon Beverley Knight.

The new format will see talented members of the public step up, perform and transform into their favourite singing artists, such as Amy Winehouse, Ariane Grande, Lady Gaga, Marvin Gaye and Michael Buble.