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).
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.
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!
Keith Allen was very good in that. He gives good psychopath. #pembrokeshiremurders
— Steve (@whydidfIy) January 13, 2021
Keith Allen is horrifyingly good, isn't he? #PembrokeshireMurders
— 𝙺𝚎𝚣 🍂 (@Goleudy) January 13, 2021
— SelexiaK ⚬💗⚬ (@selexiak) January 13, 2021
Loving #pembrokeshiremurders. Keith Allen is absolutely superb.
— Gav P(uszczalowskyi) (@gavp77) January 13, 2021
These bloody shorts had better be worth all this trouble #ThePembrokeshireMurders
— Charley (@carlottajo1) January 13, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed #ThePembrokeshireMurders. As a Welshman, it’s refreshing to see actors with real Welsh accents in a prime time drama. Superb performances all round. 👏🏻🏴
— Joshua Crisp (@IAmJoshua_) January 13, 2021
John denying the evidence against him. Keith Allen's chilling performance in the interview room scene is brilliant to watch. #PembrokeshireMurders
— Susan Seddon 💙✨ (@SuzeTwelve) January 13, 2021
I've always loved Keith Allen, but he has been tremendous in this #pembrokeshiremurders
— Nick Of The North (@PeripateNic) January 13, 2021
They are nailing the interrogation of a psychopath here:
Obvious evidence presented, met with denial and arrogance! #PembrokeshireMurders
— tanj. (@TanjTwit) January 13, 2021
How good and creepy is Keith Allen playing John Cooper in the #pembrokeshiremurders
— Daniel-San (@DanLdn73) January 13, 2021
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.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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