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EXCLUSIVE: Murder Mystery and The Alienist star Luke Evans is to lead an ITV crime drama from Bodyguard producer World Productions. The actor, who also starred in The Fate of the Furious, will play police officer Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders.
The three-part series, which depicts the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer, is based on true-crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Filming kicks off this month on the series, which was commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill, is written by In Plain Sight's Nick Stevens. The series comes from ITV-owned Bodyguard and Line of Duty producer World Productions and is produced by Hinterland's Ed Talfan for Wales-based Severn Screen.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle's Keith Allen plays John Cooper, Game of Thrones' Owen Teale plays Gerard Elias, The End of the F***ing World's Alexandria Riley stars as Jackie Richards, Requiem's Caroline Berry plays Pat Cooper, All the Money in the World's Oliver Ryan stars as Andrew Cooper and Undateable's David Fynn plays ITV News journalist Jonathan Hill.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute with production support from the Welsh Government.
The story centers around two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his 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?
Luke Evans said, “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. 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 Polly Hill said, “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...
Stephen King is now using The Stand to issue warnings about the coronavirus. The author originally did not like when social media started making comparisons between his 1978 novel and COVID-19, but that was before the CDC deemed it a worldwide pandemic. King is not being alarmist in his tweets, he is simply trying to get people to pay attention and practice social distancing. To prove his point, he posted a passage from The Stand.
At the beginning of March, Stephen King tweeted, 'No, coronavirus is NOT like The Stand. It's not anywhere near as serious. It's eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.' This tweet is a lot different from what he posted over the weekend, though he again downplayed the severity of coronavirus when compared to his book.
When posting Chapter 8 of The Stand, he said, 'This is how it works. Heed. But remember COVID-19 is not as lethal as the super flu.' He then tweeted out a very simple and clear message: 'Keep your distance.' You can read the passage from the novel below.'Joe-Bob felt fine. Dying was the last thing on his mind. Nevertheless, he was already a sick man. He had gotten more than gas at Bill Hanscombe's Texaco. And he gave Harry Trent more than a speeding summons. Harry, a gregarious man who liked his job, passed the sickness to more than 40 people during that day and the next. How many those 40 passed it to is impossible to say - you might as well ask how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
If you were to make a conservative estimate of five a piece, you'd have 200. Using the same conservative formula, one could say those 200 went on to infect a thousand, the thousand five-thousand, the five-thousand twenty-five-thousand. Under the California desert and subsidized by the tax payers' money, someone had finally invented a chain letter that really worked.'
As you can read in the passage above, Stephen King is illustrating just how easy something like the coronavirus can spread. Most of the world has been practicing social distancing and remaining indoors, but in Southern California and Vancouver over the weekend, where the weather was nice, there were droves of people out in the sun, clearly not practicing social distancing. Parks and beaches will likely be the next things to get shut down.
In The Stand, Stephen King writes about 'Project Blue,' the intense superbug. That strain of influenza was weaponized by the American government and then accidentally released by a soldier who flees the lab where it was developed. After he escapes, he starts to spread the disease until it ultimately kills of 99% of humanity. So yes, coronavirus is bad, but it is not 'Project Blue,' so one can understand why King wanted to keep his distance from that comparison.
The Stand is fiction and a form of entertainment, though it might not be the best thing to read or watch at this very moment. There are plenty of other Stephen King...
Will we see The Outsider season 2? The HBO Stephen King adaptation was originally announced as a limited series, and the show covered the events of King’s book in full. But right before the series premiered, HBO switched things up and removed the “limited series” tag from the show. Now, the ratings are in, and it looks like The Outsider finale scored higher ratings than both Watchmen and True Detective, two very buzzworthy HBO shows. With all this in mind, it seems all but inevitable that a second season will arrive. But what the heck is it going to be about?
According to HBO, the season series? finale of The Outsider drew 2.2 million viewers across all platforms, with the series as a whole averaging 9 million viewers across all platforms. Per Variety, that’s the best performance for a new HBO drama series since Westworld season 1. On top of that, the Watchmen finale drew 1.6 million, and True Detective season 3 averaged around 8 million. The Outsider finale also drew 1 million more viewers than its premiere, which suggests the show has had some great word-of-mouth during its run. That gain is the largest from a debut to a finale for any first season of an HBO series.
That puts The Outsider in an interesting place. The series, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, seems very open-and-shut – the main storyline, about a monster that can shape-shift – is wrapped-up, just like it is in the novel. Still, there is a little wiggle room for more stories. For one thing, main character Holly Gibney, played by Cynthia Erivo, appears in several King novels. For another, the season finale has a post-credit scene involving Holly – one I won’t spoil here, just in case you’ve yet to get caught up on the show.
The fact that HBO quickly went from calling The Outsider a “limited series” to just a plain old “series” strongly indicates that conversations have already begun about potential future seasons. For the most part, I really enjoyed season 1 – although I feel like it could’ve been trimmed down to a tight 6 episodes instead of 10. That said, if they want to make more seasons where Cynthia Erivo’s Holly and Ben Mendelsohn‘s Det. Ralph Anderson investigate spooky stuff, X-Files-style, I will gladly watch.
Since the population of the United States and the rest of the world is spending a lot more time at home these days thanks to our efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a higher need for streaming content. There are plenty of options at your disposal, including our recommendations in our new recurring feature The Quarantine Stream, and Hasbro has just offered up full episodes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the original animated series based on the popular Kenner toys.Watch G.I. Joe Animated Series on YouTube
Above is the full playlist of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episodes that Hasbro has made available on their YouTube channel. The playlist covers the first 15 episodes in the show’s history, starting with the first two five-part miniseries and the first five episodes of the official first season, which also play out like a five-part miniseries. Here are all 15 of the episodes you’ll find from Hasbro:
The M.A.S.S. Devices Miniseries“The M.A.S.S. Device, Part 1: The Cobra Strikes” The M.A.S.S. Device, Part 2: Slave of the Cobra Master” “The M.A.S.S. Device, Part 3: The Worms of Death” “The M.A.S.S. Device, Part 4: Duel in the Devil’s Cauldron” “The M.A.S.S. Device, Part 5: A Stake in the Serpent’s Heart”
The Revenge of Cobra Miniseries“The Revenge of Cobra, Part 1: In the Cobra’s Pit” “The Revenge of Cobra, Part 2: The Vines of Evil” “The Revenge of Cobra, Part 3: The Palace of Doom” The Revenge of Cobra, Part 4: Battle on the Roof of the World” “The Revenge of Cobra, Part 5: Amusement Park of Terror”
The Pyramid of Darkness Miniseries Beginning of Season 1“The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 1: The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe” “The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 2: Rendezvous in the City of the Dead” “The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 3: Three Cubes to Darkness” “The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 4: Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls” “The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 5: Knotting Cobra’s Coils”
We’re not sure if Hasbro intends to keep adding episodes in waves, or if this is just a way to entice fans to pick up the complete series of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. But we’re sure plenty of you G.I. Joe fans haven’t seen these episodes in years, so enjoy them now. If you want, you can pick up the entire series from Amazon for $56.95, but you’ll be waiting awhile before you get it.