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WATCH: ITV's Serial Killer Drama Des Looks Like The Next Addiction For True Crime Fans

WATCH: ITV's Serial Killer Drama Des Looks Like The Next Addiction For True Crime Fans

Throughout the years, Scottish actor David Tennant has established himself as one of the most versatile actors around.

For example, we've seen him excel as the villain in titles like Jessica Jones, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Good Omens, but he's also great when he's the hero in the likes of Doctor Who, Broadchurch, and Fright Night.

Well, the versatile actor is definitely changing gears in Des, ITV's new three-part drama which follows the arrest and trial of notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

The show is based on the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters, which focuses on the victims of Nielsen, who was a serial killer and necrophile.

During his horrific murderous spree, Nielsen killed at least twelve young men and boys between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on November 4, 1983.

After being sentenced to life imprisonment, Nielsen died from a blood clot following a surgery complication in 2018 aged 72.


In terms of the show's synopsis, it states: "Told through the prism of three men – Dennis Nilsen (Tennant), Detective Chief Inspector Peter (Daniel Mays) and biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) – the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact Nilsen."

Speaking about Tennant's performance in the show, ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill said: "David Tennant is going to be brilliant as Dennis Nilsen and with Daniel Mays as Jay and Jason Watkins as Brian, this has an incredible cast to bring this story to screen and we are delighted to be making this with New Pictures for ITV."

Executive Producer for New Pictures, Kim Varvell, added: "Dennis Nilsen’s crimes shocked the nation in the early 1980s. Our programme focuses on the emotional impact of those terrible crimes, both on those who came into contact with Nilsen himself, and also on the victims’ families."

Des airs this September on ITV.

Take a look at what's in store.

Clip via ITV

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