Nominations For David Tennant, Des And Staged In The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards

David Tennant has received a nomination for Best Actor in the prestigious Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. He is nominated for his role as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in the ITV drama Des and for his role as a spoof version of himself in the BBC lockdown comedy series Staged. 

Des is also nominated in the Best Drama Series 1-4 Episodes category. The real-crime drama stars David Tennant as UK serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Co-starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, Des focuses on one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history. The three-part series is based on the book Killing For Company by Brian Masters and premiered on ITV in the UK last year. 

Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen (David Tennant) was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering vulnerable and often homeless boys and young men he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would meet and befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat. When he was finally caught on 9 February 1983, Nilsen had murdered a total of fifteen men over a period of five years, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. 

The story is told through the prism of three isolated men - Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays), who arrested Nilsen and sought to get justice for his many victims, his biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) and Nilsen himself. Des was written by Luke Neal and directed by Lewis Arnold. 

The first series of Staged is also up for an award in the Best Comedy section. Staged sees Michael Sheen and David Tennant (playing spoof versions of themselves) about to star in a production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans - also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows how big a chance this is for him and turns his attention to cajoling his stars into rehearsing over the internet. Nina Sosanya, Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg also co star with a smattering of A List guests popping up along the way. 

The 47th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards will take place virtually on Friday 12th March 2021. The winners will be announced on Twitter using the hashtag #BPGAwards