February 2021: TV Reviews
The Handmaid's Tale and The Pembrokeshire Murders
The Handmaid's Tale (15)
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel - Amazon Prime
Available to stream on Amazon Prime, this series is based on the 1985 dystopian novel by Margaret Attwood of the same name.
With the fourth series rumoured to be released in 2021, now more than ever is a perfect time to binge-watch the first three instalments. From the point of view of June (Elizabeth Moss), the audience witnesses a second American Civil War that results in the totalitarian society of Gilead in the ashes of the United States.
Fertility has dropped significantly due to pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, resulting in the idea of the Handmaid (fertile women). These women are placed in the homes of Commanders (important men in the government) and their wives, in order to conceive children for them. All in the name of God, it reiterates the position of women as a supporting act.
The plot follows June (Moss) as she tries to escape Gilead in order to head north to Canada. She makes a series of important allies with a few shocks along the way. The multiple Emmy-award winning series also stars Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel.
4 out of 5 stars
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Starring Luke Evans, Keith Allen, Caroline Berry and Alexandria Riley - ITV Hub
Starring Luke Evans as Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, this three-part ITV miniseries focusses on a series of murders and burglaries that took place in the 1980s on the Pembrokeshire coast. Based on a true story, Wilkins re-opens the unsolved cases in 2006 and works with the Dyfed-Powys Police to try and convict suspect John Cooper (Keith Allen), who was already serving a prison sentence for the burglaries.
New information and an advancement in Forensic DNA analysis leads Wilkins and his team to further insights, including a 1989 episode of Bullseye which Cooper starred in.
The first episode was admittedly slow, but the second and third instalment certainly picked up the pace as evidence became apparent to both the officers and the audience.
All episodes are now streaming on ITV Hub.
3.5 out of 5 stars