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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.

Filming begins for BBC thriller The Control Room

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The three-part thriller led by Iain De Caestecker (Roadkill) and Joanna Vanderham (Dancing On The Edge) is set in Glasgow and follows Gabe (Iain De Caestecker), an ordinary man who works for the Scottish Ambulance Service as an emergency call handler. 

Gabe’s life is completely turned upside down when he receives a call from a woman who seems to know him and is in a desperate life-and-death situation. 

Desperate to work out who she is, Gabe makes a drastic decision that has devastating consequences. 

Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton and Rupert Penry-Jones to lead new ITV thriller Our House

Adapted for ITV by Simon Ashdown, the four-part drama will see Tuppence Middleton (Downtown Abbey) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty) star as estranged husband and wife Fiona and Bram Lawson.

Fiona is left dumbfounded when she comes home one day to find strangers moving in and all her belongings missing. She insists her home isn’t for sale but events begin to spiral beyond her control.

First look images released for ITV drama Trigger Point

Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester (Credit: ITV)

The six-part thriller sees Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester play bomb disposal operatives known as Expos, who put their lives on the line every day. 

Vicky McClure plays frontline officer Lana Washington and Adrian Lester plays her colleague Joel Nutkins. 

Washington and Nutkins are ex-military and close friends after both serving time together in Afghanistan. 

BBC One announces conspiracy thriller The Trick

Jason Watkins and Victoria Hamilton (Credit: BBC)

Starring Jason Watkins (The Crown), Victoria Hamilton (Life), George MacKay (1917) and Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), the thriller will explore how back in 2009 world-renowned Professor Philip Jones, Director of Climate Research at University of East Anglia, was at the centre of an international media storm and the victim of cyberterrorism.

BritBox renews The Beast Must Die

Entitled A Sword in my Bones, it is based on an original story by Gaby Chiappe, creator of the first series.

Billy Howle is set to reprise his role as the talented but troubled Detective Nigel Strangeways, who investigated the hit and run of a six-year-old boy in the first series.

Howle said: “A lot of hard work by all the cast and crew went into making the first original drama for BritBox, during a pandemic, and it seems to have paid off.

BBC One releases first look at new thriller Vigil

The six-part series stars Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), Rose Leslie (Downtown Abbey), Shaun Evans (Endeavour), Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show).

Jones and Leslie star as DCI Amy Silva and DS Kirsten Longacre, who lead an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the HMS Vigil submarine.

Josh Hartnett to star in new Sky series The Fear Index

Paul Andrew Williams and Caroline Bartleet have adapted the series from Robert Harris’ best-selling novel of the same name, and David Caffrey (Peaky Blinders) will direct.

The four-part series tells the story of Dr Alex Hoffman (Hartnett), a genius computer scientist who sets out to make a fortune.

When Alex develops an AI system, VIXAL-4, that exploits fear in financial markets to make massive profits, he launches the technology to investors alongside his best friend and Hedge Fund business partner, Hugo (Arsher Ali).

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.

Traces set to return for a second series

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The second series will see the return of Molly Windsor as Emma Hedges, Martin Compston as Daniel Macafee. Laura Fraser as professor Sarah Gordon, Jennifer Spence as professor Kathy Torrance and Michael Nardone as DCI Neil McKinven. 

Based on an idea by crime writer Val McDermid, Traces allows forensic science to take centre stage, set in Scotland at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science.