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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.

 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV

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Alongside a wide range of new features, live surprises and wild stunts, the pair will be entertaining viewers with the return of the favourite hidden camera segments: ‘Undercover’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Out Of Me Ear’.

The first episode will see Jamie and Harry Reknapp star in a hilarious ‘Get Out Of Me Ear’ segment and Gary Barlow will perform a stunning ‘End of the Show Show’.

Other celebrities confirmed to take part the series include boxer Anthony Joshua, Davina McCall, and Sir Mo Farah.

Ian Wright to front new ITV game show Moneyball

Ian Wright (Credit: ITV)

Contestants could win a life changing amount of money or go home empty handed, the outcome is decided simply by the bounce of a ball. 

In order to win big, contestants will need to answer a series of questions correctly, but as the money increases, so does the pressure. 

If the pressure gets too much, players can leave early with the prize fund, but they must take one final shot, which will force them to continue playing or allow them to leave with the money. 

Nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 announced

After an unparalleled and challenging year, the BBC leads the way with 23 nominations across the 19 categories including ‘News Channel of the Year’, and ‘Breaking News’ for the coverage of Boris Johnson being rushed to hospital with Covid-19. ITV and Sky News follow garnering 10 nominations each, both including ‘Scoop of the Year’ and ‘Television Journalist of the Year’, for which the nominees are Alex Crawford for Sky News, Clive Myrie for BBC News, and Robert Moore for ITV News.

Editor Pia Di Ciaula on piecing together the big puzzle of ITV's Quiz

It was James Graham who reopened the casefiles of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal, adapting his play for a hit three-part drama, Quiz, that recalled the origins of the ground-breaking quiz show and the scandal involving former major Charles Ingram. Ingram was accused of cheating by listening for coughs on the right answers from his wife, Diana, and fellow contestant Tecwen Whittock.