The Pembrokeshire Murders' Keith Allen praised for "chilling" performance in series finale

Joe Anderton
·3-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Note: Contains discussion of themes that some readers may find upsetting.

The Pembrokeshire Murders spoilers follow.

ITV's latest crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders came to an end tonight (January 13), wrapping up the retelling of a real-life incident that you can read all about here.

The episode started with Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (played by Luke Evans) struggling to find the crucial piece of evidence needed to arrest serial killer John William Cooper (Keith Allen).

Photo credit: WARREN ORCHARD
Photo credit: WARREN ORCHARD

Related: The Pembrokeshire Murders star defends drama against claims of "glorification"

But as he was brought before the court, brave witnesses stepped forward to give their statements, ending with him being found guilty of 11 acts, including murder, robbery and rape. Even as he was dragged away, he screamed obscenities at the judge and denied charges of sexual assault.

Evans' Wilkins gave a speech declaring that while the tragedies couldn't be undone, evidence always tells the truth and criminals will be caught.

His son also told him that he wanted to join the police.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Related: The Pembrokeshire Murders' Steve Wilkins – What happened to the detective?

Overall, viewers thought it was a pretty solid crime drama (even if they did bang on about shorts a lot), with one actor in particular standing out with an excellent performance: 'Vindaloo' hitmaker Keith Allen!

If you want to learn more about the events that inspired the drama, ITV is airing a documentary about it tomorrow night (January 14) at 9pm.

The Pembrokeshire Murders is available to stream now on ITV hub.

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