WITH the cold, dark nights now here, there's never been a better time to get cosy and sink your teeth into a new, gripping drama.
Thankfully ITV has just announced it's winter schedule which is packed full of drama that will have you hooked right through until Spring. Here's what you can look forward to:
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Luke Evans takes the lead in true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part mini-series depicting the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer.
The drama is adapted from the true crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force and in 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke) decides to reopen both cases.
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?
For Alice – played by Keeley Hawes – husband Harry and their daughter, Charlotte, moving into their new home should have been a dream come true.
But it quickly turns into a nightmare when Alice discovers Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Family should be a source of comfort, but Harry’s parents, Minnie and Gerry, keep popping round uninvited. Whilst Alice’s own parents, Rogerand Sarah, only seem to add to her list of problems.
With Harry gone and Alice struggling to cope, Charlotte is forced to bottle up her grief and be the responsible one. Especially when the police turn up asking questions about the night that Harry died.
To make matters worse, more unexpected visitors start knocking on Alice’s door, and she begins to realise that Harry’s business debt wasn’t the only secret he kept hidden from her.
Keeley is joined by a star-studded cast including Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers as Alice’s parents Sarah and Roger, and Jason Merrells as her husband Harry.
The Bay series two begins with Lisa Armstrong, played by Morven Christie, at a low ebb: Demoted, she is forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength.
But a new case, involving a shocking murder within a loving family, brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of
a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.
Written by award-winning playwright Daragh Carville and set in the unique costal town of Morecambe, Morven Christie is joined by Joe Absolom, James Cosmo, Stephen Tompkinson, Sharon Small
and Owen McDonnell, amongst others guest stars.
Innocent II focuses upon the scandal that rocked the small Cumbrian town of Keswick in 2015 involving schoolteacher, Sally Wright (Katherine Kelly), who was alleged to be having an affair with her 16-year-old pupil, Matty Taylor.
When Matty is found dead, brutally stabbed with a broken cider bottle, suspicion falls upon Sally who had admitted to taking special interest in the boy.
In spite of having no criminal record, no history of violence and vehemently protesting her innocence and the fact she couldn’t be placed at the remote beauty spot on the day Matty was found murdered, Sally was convicted by a majority verdict and sentenced to a minimum of 15
years in jail.
The new four-part series opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, steely and determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice.
As she waits for the jury to deliver on her appeal, Sally contemplates how she’s lost everything she holds dear. Her relationship, home and
marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her status and good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who now lives in a care home.
With the unwavering support of her best friend, Jenny, Editor of the local Cumbrian Post newspaper, Sally has been given a lifeline, as new evidence, which places her six miles from the murder scene, is unearthed.
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