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The Pembrokeshire Murders: Luke Evans to lead ITV crime series

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The show will adapt the chilling true crime novel, Catching the Bullseye Killer

A new three-part drama series is coming to ITV which will see Luke Evans (The Alienist) on the trail of a serial killer with the Dyfed Powys police.

The Penbrokeshire Murders will star Evans as Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, with Nick Stevens writing scripts based on Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill’s novel, Catching the Bullseye Killer. Marc Evans will direct the series, as filming gets underway later this month.

“Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer … Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?”

Keith Allen, Owen Teal, Alexandria Riley, Caroline Berry, Oliver Ryan and David Fynn also star.

“It is a privilege to be playing the role of Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders and working again with Simon Heath, his team at World Productions and ITV,” Evans said in a statement. “It’s a huge responsibility for me as the drama depicts a true crime which to this day still affects the families of those whose lives were tragically taken.”

ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill added “Nick Stevens script is a fascinating and insightful account into how and why the Dyfed Powys Police team reopened this cold case and brought a serial killer to justice after he’d evaded capture for nearly two decades. I have wanted to work with Luke Evans again since we made The Great Train Robbery, which Simon Heath and World Productions also produced. I’m delighted that The Pembrokeshire Murders is that project, as Luke will be incredible as Steve Wilkins and this is going to be an unmissable drama for our ITV audience.”