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New ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders sparked a clash among viewers who debated whether the accents in the three-part series were a realistic representation of the area.

Tonight, the first episode aired and follows newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, played by Luke Evans, taking the reins of a cold murder case from the 80s.

In 1985, siblings Richard and Helen Thomas were slain in a double killing and just four years later, Peter and Gwenda Dixon were murdered.

The murders were known as the Pembrokeshire murders, or the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path murders, but Welsh serial killer John Cooper was convicted in May 2011 of the double murders.

ITV's new crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders aired this evening
(Image: WORLD PRODUCTIONS/ITV)

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But some fans found themselves distracted by the drama, based on the real-life hunt to convict killer Cooper, as some locals debated whether the right accents had been implemented.

One fan tweeted: "Only problem with #Pembrokeshiremurders is they all have a Welsh accent not a Pembrokeshire accent. No-one in Pembs says Mam. I can hear a Pembrokeshire accent a mile off."

But another pointed out: "Depends what part. I’m from north Pembs and it’s always Mam."

The original poster responded: "True, I take that back. I should have said most South Pembs & Milford don't say Mam."

(Image: WORLD PRODUCTIONS/ITV)

While another fumed: "Copper 1: Strong accent! Cooper 2: South Pembrokeshire. Since when has Pembrokeshire (Little England beyond Wales) been considered a strong accent!? Especially by police officers based in Carmarthen… #pembrokeshiremurders."

A third mused: "Interesting reading the tweets about ‘the’ Welsh accent. There are three or more distinct accents in Pembrokeshire alone. Cooper’s is quite subtle – found roughly within a five mile radius of Haverfordwest. #pembrokeshiremurders

But another joked: "Locals : “the accent is wrong”. Everyone; “no one gives a f***” #Pembrokeshiremurders."

While one commented: "So refreshing to hear genuine Welsh accents in #pembrokeshiremurders from a stellar cast rather than actors trying to mimic the Welsh accent! #madeinwales."

What did you make of the accents? Let us know in the comments below…

*The Pembrokeshire Murders continues tomorrow at 9pm on ITV