The Pembrokeshire Murders star Keith Allen has defended the ITV true-crime drama series that kicked off on Monday night (January 11).
The three-part drama follows a similar course to last year's break-out hit Des by piecing together the events that led to the arrest of the so-called 'Bullseye Killer' John Cooper over three nights, then following it on Thursday with a one-off documentary examining real footage of the case.
Comedy icon Keith Allen takes on a starkly dramatic role as Cooper, who was brought to justice when Welsh police scrutinised old footage of him on the game show Bullseye.
The premise alone could be sensationalised in the wrong hands, but Allen has praised writer Nick Stevens and director Marc Evans for grounding The Pembrokeshire Murders in the truth of the case.
"What I really, really like about it [the series] is there is absolutely no weird lighting, there is no weird sound effects. It is very, very, very realistic and in your face to the point that we're really making you think, 'God, is that what these people [the police] do?'" he said.
"And I think both the victims, especially those people who were young kids at the time, I think when they see that, there will be a sense that at least the world knows our suffering now, to be honest with you. And I think that is reason enough to make the programme. Personally, I don't have a problem with it.
"And like I said, there's no glorification of any aspect of what went on in that case at all, and that is testament to both the director and the producer, but also the cameraman. The way that he lit it. It's muted. There's nothing exciting about it. All the excitement is what Nick Stevens captured in the writing and the development of the case. It's such a good thing to see on television. You don't have to glorify it.
"I think it's worth these programmes being made, just to make people aware of how much effort, commitment and time and belief that these people have in finding someone who's guilty."
The Pembrokeshire Murders continues with its second and third episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9pm on ITV, followed by a documentary called The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching The Game Show Killer on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.
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