11 January 2021 08:39

The Pembrokeshire Murders: Actor Keith Allen plays serial killer John Cooper.

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The Pembrokeshire Murders 9pm, ITV Luke Evans stars in this harrowing three-parter telling the true story of serial killer John Cooper's eventual conviction in 2011 for historic murders, owing to pioneering DNA evidence. In tonight's opener, Det Supt Steve Wilkins (Evans) returns to Pembrokeshire and is stunned to discover a number of unsolved murders on the books – with the prime suspect being local burglar Cooper (Keith Allen). Wilkins rushes to gather enough evidence to convict before Cooper is released on parole. Continues nightly until Wednesday. Ammar Kalia Junior Bake Off The former Great British Bake off contestant Liam Charles returns to judge the latest series of the bitesize Bake Off competition, with new addition pastry chef Ravneet Gill and co-hosting duties by the enthusiastic Harry Hill.


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Hugh Jackman's Logan, AKA Wolverine, is lying low, boozing and caring for frail old Prof Xavier (Patrick Stewart). But faced with Richard E Grant's evil eugenicist, he will have to unsheath those claws once more. Paul Howlett Live sport Snooker: The Masters 1pm, BBC Two. Day two of the tournament from Alexandra Palace. FA Cup Football: Stockport County v West Ham United 7pm, BT Sport 1. Coverage of the third-round match from Edgeley Park. Scottish Premiership Football: Celtic v Hibernian 7pm, Sky Sports. Main Event. Top-flight clash from Celtic Park. The Pembrokeshire Murders: ITV release thrilling trailer The Pembrokeshire Murders will start tomorrow night, Monday, January 11, on ITV. The true life mini-series is about how a Welsh police department managed to find and imprison serial killer John Cooper two decades after he committed two double murders. At the time, the Dyfed Powys police force had these unsolved crimes hanging over their heads until a new Detective Superintendent was introduced. Trending WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Pembrokeshire Murders. When Steve Wilkins (played by Luke Evans) was promoted, one of the first things he did was re-open the cases of the double murders in the 1980s, believing they could be linked. After years of unanswered questions, forensics showed there was DNA evidence which linked them to John Cooper (Steve Allen), someone who was already in prison for a string of burglaries. Cooper later became known as the Bullseye Killer as he made an appearance on the popular game show. Clips from the TV show were then used in comparison to a sketch of the suspect connected to one of the killings. READ MORE: Pembrokeshire Murders: How many episodes are in Pembrokeshire Murders? The Pembrokeshire Murders: What worried Keith Allen about playing serial killer John Cooper? FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The Pembrokeshire Murders: Actor Keith Allen plays serial killer John Cooper. READ MORE Pembrokeshire Murders: Expert claims 'we've all got John Cooper in us' What worried actor Keith Allen about playing serial killer John Cooper? Portraying the killer Cooper himself is 67-year-old actor Keith Allen. He has been in films such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Trainspotting, Eddie the Eagle, Shallow Grave and The Others. Allen is also known for being the father of singer-songwriter Lily Allen, who recently got married to Stranger Things actor David Harbour. Even though he has years of experience working on various films and television series, Allen was concerned about one aspect in particular when it came to playing Cooper. The Pembrokeshire Murders: Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins is played by Luke Evans. The Pembrokeshire Murders: John Cooper became known as the Bullseye Killer. Allen is a Welsh-English actor, as he was one of three children born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Despite his heritage though, Allen didn't feel initially comfortable when it came down to doing the Welsh accent needed for the role. Speaking to press, including Express.co.uk, Allen said: "I was very worried about the accent interestingly enough. "I used to work in Tenby which is very close, when I was young, I used to run the boats down there every year so I knew Tenby, I knew it very well. "But I thought - I'm one of those actors whose bone idle, I don't do any research - but in this case, I really felt that I had to. "I'd seen the Bullseye thing and actors do all sorts of tricks to remind themselves of how they are supposed to speak. And my go-to trigger was him on Bullseye when he went: 'oh yes, scuba diving.' "'What? 'scuba diving'. Does he speak like that, seriously, surely not?' "And in fact he had a very odd way of speaking and I thought I had to go down there [to Tenby] and check this out." DON'T MISS... Pembrokeshire Murders: Watch killer John Cooper appear on Bullseye [VIDEO] Pembrokeshire Murders: Killer John Cooper 'will watch' drama about him [REAL LIFE] The Pembrokeshire Murders ITV release date: When does it start? [RELEASE DATE] Allen continued: "So I went down there on a Sunday, with a view to just sitting in various pubs or whatever, a cafe or something, and just listening to people talk in that area. "It was a Sunday and it was full of Manks, scousers, people from Birmingham, it was every accent in the world, all in these pubs watching Sky Sports! "So what I did was I drove out to where he lived, where his house was and I thought 'OK, I'll kind of walk around the area' you know, because I knew about his rat runs and the rest of it. "And then I went back to Tenby which is far more sedate and listened to some people talk there and it kind of reminded me and got me in the groove."

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