UK: Another Chance To Watch David Tennant In Des Next Week

If you missed David's Tennant's award-winning portrayal of serial killer Dennis Nilsen last year, there's another chance to catch the three-part series Des on TV in the UK next week. ITV3 will be airing the drama on consecutive nights from tomorrow (Monday 22nd February) from 10pm, and will also reshow the in-depth documentary The Real Des: The Dennis Nilsen Story, narrated by David, on Thursday night. 

The three-part drama Des is based on Killing For Company, the biography of Nilsen written by Brian Masters which includes conversations with the killer. Told through the prism of three men – Dennis Nilsen, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay played by Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Temple) and biographer Brian Masters played by Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies) – the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.

Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen 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. 

Des was written by Luke Neal and directed by Lewis Arnold. David Tennant also acts as an executive producer for the series.

Around the world, Des is currently streaming in North America on Sundance TV, in Australia on Stan and on TVNZ on Demand in New Zealand.