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.


ITV commissions Gino’s Italy: Like Mamma Used to Make

Credit: ITV

Gino D’Acampo is travelling back to his motherland of Italy to meet the mammas of Italy to discover how they make authentic Italian dishes.

D’Acampo travels the length of Italy visiting places like Naples, Florence and Bologna tasting local dishes made by local families and their matriarchs. 

The six-part series will celebrate the women who have helped shape the food of Italy and kept the country fed. 

D’Acampo begins in Napoli the place of his birth, where he was taught to cook by his Nonna Flora and Mamma Alba. 

ITV commissions People Vs Post Office: The Real Story

The film will be an accompaniment to the four-part drama coming to ITV next year and will give exclusive access to campaigner Alan Bates.

Bates has rigorously campaigned for nearly 20 years to uncover and expose the scandal that has been described as the most widespread miscarriage of justice in the British legal history. 

Over 14 years, the Post Office accused hundreds of sub postmasters of theft, over 700 were given criminal convictions and many went to prison, ruining livelihoods and destroying reputations. 

ITV to air first ever televised Platinum Jubilee Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II

Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Omid Djalili and Tom Cruise will lead the star-studded cast for the first ever televised event to mark such a historic occasion.

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will host the live broadcast, joined by guests including Adjoa Andoh, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ant & Dec, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Mo Farah, Dame Maureen Lipman, Sir David Jason, Alan Titchmarsh, Dame Kelly Holmes, Moira Stuart and Sir Trevor McDonald.

ITV announces series two of Cooking With The Stars

Hosted by Emma Willis and Tom Allen, the cooking competition sees eight celebrities paired with a professional chef who will mentor them so they can go from passionate home cooks to creating food of fine dining standard.

The eight celebrities taking part are professional dancer and TV personality Anton Du Beke, Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, This Morning’s Josie Gibson, Chaser Anne Hegerty, Love Island’s Maura Higgins, TV expert Dr Ranj Singh, comedian Joe Wilkinson and DJ Woody Cook.  

ITV launches new initiative for young content creators

The initiative will invite graphic designers, animators, editors and social media whizzes to put forward their best modern and relatable content ideas themed around mental health, diversity and inclusion.

The winning idea will be fully backed with a budget of up to £25,000 to collaborate with ITV’s BluePrint Network to produce digital content that will live on some of ITV’s biggest social media platforms. The winning up and coming content creators will also be paid for their time.

The initiative is open to anyone aged between 16-24 years old of all levels of experience.

ITV names celebrities taking part in The Games

The line-up includes TV presenter Olivia Attwood, influencer Phoenix Brown, ex-Strictly professional Kevin Clifton, pop star Max George, songwriter Chelcee Grimes, actor Josh Herdman, author and model Christine McGuinness, Coronation Street’s Colson Smith, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, musician Wes Nelson, Emmerdale’s Rebecca Sarker and actor Ryan Thomas.

Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff will host the games live, while Alex Scott will report trackside and Chris Kamara will commentate.