Steeltown Murders: First images from new factual BBC drama

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Gareth John Bale as DC Geraint Bale, Philip Glenister as DCI Paul Bethell and Steffan Rhodri as Phil Bach Rees (Image: BBC)

The first images from Steeltown Murders, a new factual drama written by Ed Whitmore, and made by Severn Screen for the BBC in association with All3Media International, have been released.

The four-part series co-commissioned with BBC Wales is coming soon to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Set in both 1973 and the early 2000s, Steeltown Murders centres on the hunt to catch the killer of three young women in the Port Talbot area and the remarkable story of how – in the first case of its kind – the mystery was solved almost 30 years later using pioneering DNA evidence.

Contrasting the policing methods of the 1970s with the forensic breakthroughs of the early Noughties, Steeltown Murders is a portrait of a town dealing with the repercussions of an unsolved case three decades on, and asks if justice can ever truly be found.

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Siôn Alun Davies as Phil Bach, Rees Scott Arthur as DCI Paul Bethell and Dyfan Dwyfor as DS Vic Jenkins in 1973 (Image: BBC)

Philip Glenister (Life On Mars, State Of Play) and Steffan Rhodri (In My Skin, Gavin & Stacey) lead the cast as DCI Paul Bethell and Phil ‘Bach’ Rees, with their younger selves played by Scott Arthur (Good Omens, Borg McEnroe) and Siôn Alun Davies (The Sandman, Hidden) respectively.

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Scott Arthur as DCI Paul Bethell in 1973 (Image: BBC)

They will be joined by Keith Allen (The Pembrokeshire Murders, Marcella), Priyanga Burford (Industry, No Time To Die), Sharon Morgan (Yr Amgueddfa, Gangs Of London), Nia Roberts (Red Rose, Yr Amgueddfa), Elinor Crawley (Vikings, Ordinary Lies), Gareth John Bale (35 Awr, Y Pris), Kriss Dosanjh (The Larkins, Casualty), Matthew Gravelle (Silent Witness, Broadchurch), Amy Morgan (Mr Selfridge, Showtrial), Dyfan Dwyfor (A Very English Scandal, Bang), and more.

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Priyanga Burford as Sita Anwar in 2002 (Image: BBC)

Produced by Severn Screen for the BBC, Steeltown Murders (w/t, 4×60′) is written by Ed Whitmore and directed by Marc Evans (The Pembrokeshire Murders, Hinterland), with Hannah Thomas (Hidden, I Am Not a Witch) serving as producer in association with All3Media International.

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Keith Allen as Dai Williams and Sharon Morgan as Pat Williams in 2002 (Image: BBC)

Executive producers are Ed Talfan, Jon Hill and Ed Whitmore for Severn Screen, and Helen Perry and Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC.

All3Media International will distribute the series internationally, additional funding support has been provided by Welsh Government via Creative Wales.