Big Wins For David Tennant In The Radio Times Awards As Both Des And Staged Scoop Top Honours

It was a great night for David Tennant as two of his projects scooped the top honours in this year’s Radio Times Awards. 

First up his lockdown comedy series Staged was named Best Comedy. David joined forces with wife and co-star Georgia for a typically hilarious acceptance video, which can be seen below: 

The series which 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. 

It also walked away with TV Moment Of The Year for Dame Judi Dench’s guest appearance in the first series. 

Watch her acceptance speech below: 

The heart-stopping biopic Des, in which David chillingly portrayed real-life serial killer Dennis Nilsen was then awarded Best Drama.

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. 

David’s co-star Daniel Mays accepted the award on behalf of the cast and crew: