Keith Allen admits he’s ‘bored’ of true crime dramas despite role in Pembrokeshire Murders

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True Crime dramas have become a firm favourite on BBC and ITV, with streaming sites such as Netflix jumping on the bandwagon for viewers to binge watch whenever they like. And ahead of ITV’s latest one The Pembrokeshire Murders, about to drop this evening, star actor Keith Allen admitted he’s quite bored with them, despite playing sadistic killer John Cooper.

To be honest, I’m quite bored with them

Keith Allen

In a recent interview ahead of the show’s debut, Allen admitted he wasn’t really a fan of the genre.

“To be honest, I’m quite bored with them [true crime dramas],” he shrugged.

The three-part drama with Chief Superintendent Steve Wilkins (played by Hollywood actor Luke Evans) and his cold case team lead to pursue multiple murderer Cooper, follows the true events that happened in 1996.

Cooper was handed a whole-of-life sentence in 2011 for the murders of siblings Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985 and holidaymakers Peter and Gwenda Dixon four years later, along with the sexual assualt and rape of two minors.

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Cooper, who has a history muddied with robberies, was also sentenced for the rape of a 16-year-old girl and a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl, both carried out at gunpoint, in March 1996.

In September 2011, he launched an appeal against his convictions. His appeal was rejected in November 2012.

On embodying the brutal killer, Allen explained: “I guess I’ve just got those eyes – murderer’s eyes.

“It was really good to be involved in something that required me to act, rather than just be me.”

But one key moment in the story left him wondering if the second batch of murders could have all been avoided.

Before the killings of Peter and Gwenda Dixon, Cooper took part in an ITV dart competition Bullseye, where he lost out on the big prize.

“I’ve often thought that if he had won, maybe that couple would be alive today,” Allen considers.

“The idea that this guy, having lost on Bullseye, would four weeks later go and viciously murder a couple walking along the coastal path in Pembrokeshire is horrifying.”

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An intense and nasty character to play, Allen explained that he “leaves it on set”.

“My partner [actor Tamzin Malleson] and my daughter would tell you if I’m playing a nasty character, I’m a little bit quieter,” he said.

“But I don’t carry the character around with me.”

The Pembrokeshire Murders begins tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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