The Pembrokeshire Murders is ITV’s hit 2021 true-crime drama series from 2021; and below we share our top 3 similar British shows to binge after watching it.
In 2021, ITV struck gold when it premiered its three-part true-crime drama series, The Pembrokeshire Murders.
This series was an immediate hit with audiences as the first episode from the series broke records when it had the highest numbers for a crime drama since 2016’s premiere of The Durrells.
Given that the series had a total of three episodes, it left many fans wanting more true-crime or crime drama series that they can binge watch.
There are numerous British true-crime and crime drama series that are similar to Pembrokeshire Murders, including Sherlock, White House Farm, and Bloodlands.
Is The Pembrokeshire Murders based on a true story?
The first indication that The Pembrokeshire Murders is based on a true story is the title, as it is stipulated as a true-crime drama series.
Furthermore, at the beginning of each episode, there is a clear disclaimer which states, “This drama is based on the true story of a police investigation that took place in Pembrokeshire, Wales between 2006 and 2011. Some of the characters and events portrayed have been altered for the purpose of dramatisation and to protect anonymity where appropriate.”
The series is based on a book co-written by real-life characters Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins and journalist, Jonathan Hill titled The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching the Bullseye Killer.
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3 British shows similar to The Pembrokeshire Murders
The Pembrokeshire Murders is about Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins who decided to reopen a cold case murder from the 1980s in 2006.
He works with journalist Jonathan Hill to bring the culprit to justice for what was deemed the Pembrokeshire Murders or the Coastal Path murders, coined by the UK media.
They investigate the murders of siblings, Richard and Helen Thomas, who were shot and killed in Scoveston Park, Pembrokeshire, and their home burnt down.
This murder was connected with the other murders of husband and wife, Peter and Gwenda Dixon, who were shot at close range during a camping trip.
Through the advancement in DNA technology, along with revisiting testimonials and images from the time, it was discovered that John Cooper was the serial killer after his sketch was matched with his appearance on the popular darts game show, Bullseye.
The first honourable mention, before watching anything else, is The Pembrokeshire Murders: Catching The Game Show Killer.
This documentary coincides with the true-crime drama that tells a more honest recalling of the investigation of finding the Bullseye serial killer.
The documentary is available on Amazon Prime Video in the US for those with a BritBox add-on, which is an additional $6.99 after the first month free trial.
White House Farm: A true-crime drama series like The Pembrokeshire Murders
Another true-crime drama series that is also inspired by real events is the 2020 hit ITV series, White House Farm.
It premiered in 2020, and the six-episode miniseries is another limited series which is premised, “… a fateful night in August 1985 when five members of the same family are murdered at an Essex farmhouse, and the ensuing police investigation and court case that follows.”
For those that were alive at the time and in the years that followed, the murder was regarded as one of the most brutal murders in recent Britain history. This true-crime drama series is available to stream directly from Amazon Prime Video.
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Bloodlands: A crime drama series like The Pembrokeshire Murders
Bloodlands is entirely fictional. However, the 2021 crime-drama series is filled with the suspense and thrilling twists and turns, along with the same dark undertone of the production that made The Pembrokeshire Murders so compelling.
The premise of the series is, “Northern Irish police officer DCI Tom Brannick connects a kidnapping with an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.”
Currently, it has a single season with a total of 11 episodes, and the series is set to return with a second season in 2022.
As a series from AcornTV, the series is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video if you have an add-on, which costs $6.99 per month after the 30-day free trial.
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Sherlock: A popular crime drama like The Pembrokeshire Murders
One of the most popular British crime-drama series that came out of the country and found international acclaim is 2010’s Sherlock, which is aptly described as, “A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st-century London.”
It aired between 2010 and 2017, and there are four seasons totalling 15 episodes to watch. The entire series is available on Amazon Prime Video without the need for an add-on to stream the series.
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