Nominate David Tennant's Des For BAFTA Scotland's Audience Award


BAFTA Scotland want to know who your favourite Scot on the screen was this year and may we suggest you might like to nominate David Tennant for his role as real life Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen in the ITV drama Des?

To be eligible for consideration the individual must have been on our screens in a film/programme which had its first transmission in the UK between 29 June 2020 and 30 June 2021 (BAFTA Scotland Awards eligibility dates!) on terrestrial, cable, satellite or digital channels, including web-based broadcasters that commission content (e.g. Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube). Both UK and International films/programmes are eligible.

Suggested individuals can be from any genre, including films, tv dramas, factual shows, soaps, daytime, entertainment shows, live events, comedies and Scottish presenters of any show.

If you would like to suggest David as your favourite 'Scot on Screen' please fill out the form on BAFTA's website here. 

The top fifteen most popular names will be put forward to the jury for consideration as part of the overall longlist. The jury will then nominate six individuals.  These names will be announced on Wednesday 13 October as part of the BAFTA Scotland Awards 2021 Nominations announcement.  It is then up to YOU to vote for the ultimate winner - your favourite Scot on Screen 2021!

In Des David Tennant appears as Dennis Nilsen, who murdered over fifteen young men and boys in London over a period of five years. Co-starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, Des focuses on Nilsen's capture and subsequent trial, 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 and STV.

Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen was a local civil servant who murdered vulnerable and often homeless males he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat, before strangling or drowning them. Nilsen would then keep the bodies for company, dismembering and disposing of them only when they started to decompose. When he was finally caught on 9th February 1983, it was following a complaint of problems with the drains at his London flat, which were found to be blocked with human flesh. 

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 recently won the National Televsion Award for Best Drama Performance for his portrayal.

Watch a trailer below:


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