First Look: David Tennant as Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen
Notorious Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen murdered boys and young men in his home in London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, going undetected until cops investigated fragments of human flesh and bone clogging his drains.
And today we’ve learned that David Tennant will play Nilsen in an ITV drama dubbed Des.
Luke Neal wrote the three-part series based on Brian Masters’ biography of Nilsen, Killing for Company, which was written with Nilsen’s full cooperation. This series will explore the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen, who died in 2018.
Tennant’s costars include Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) as a cop investigating the case and Jason Watkins (The Crown) as Masters.
ITV drama boss Polly Hill, says: “David is going to be brilliant as Nilsen, and with Daniel Mays as Jay and Jason Watkins as Brian, this has an incredible cast to bring this story to screen.”
All3Media’s New Pictures will produce.
New Pictures executive producer Kim Varvell adds: “Nilsen’s crimes shocked the nation in the early 1980s. Our program 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.”
For those that might not know, Tennant is best known – or should I say notorious – around these parts for starring as new Peter Vincent in director Craig Gillespie’s remake of Tom Holland’s classic horror-comedy Fright Night. He also, you know, starred as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who.