Screening Of David Tennant Drama Litvinenko To Take Place In London Next Month

The Royal Television Society will be holding a first look at the new ITV drama Litvinenko on Tuesday 22nd November at the British Museum in London, starting at 6pm. The screening of the first episode of the four-part drama will be followed by a discussion hosted by Boyd Hilton, with a panel that includes Marina Litvinenko, the widow of Alexander Litvinenko, on whose story the drama is based. 

Also taking part in the event are actor Mark Bonnar, co-producer Richard Kerbaj and director Jim Field Smith. Registration for tickets for the event is open now via this link

Coming soon from ITVX, Litvinenko, stars David Tennant as Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer whose death, from Polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006, triggered one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police. The four-part drama is the story of the determined New Scotland Yard officers who worked to prove who was responsible for Litvinenko’s death.

In November 2006, two police officers were called to University College Hospital in London to interview Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. At the end of a ten year battle the international courts agreed that Russia, under Putin's leadership, was responsible for his murder. During the police interviews, Alexander provided meticulous details from his hospital bedside about the events leading up to his illness, which he knew would prove fatal. His information would ultimately help detectives track down two Russians who had poisoned Litvinenko with Polonium-210, a highly toxic radioactive substance.

The drama also focuses upon the story of Marina, portrayed by Margarita Levieva (The Deuce, The Blacklist), Alexander’s fearless, dignified widow who fought tirelessly to persuade the British Government to publicly name her husband’s killers and acknowledge the role of the Russian State in his murder.

Litvinenko also stars Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe, Quiz) as Clive Timmons and Neil Maskell (Small Axe, Utopia) as Brent Hyatt, former New Scotland Yard officers involved in the investigation.

The series has been directed by Jim Field Smith (Criminal, Endeavour) and was filmed on location in and around London. Produced by ITV and Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) it is executive produced by Patrick Spence for ITV Studios (A Spy Among Friends, Ralph & Katie), Josephine Zapata Genetay for NENT Group, Lucy Bedford for Tiger Aspect Productions (Three Little Birds, Viewpoint, The Good Karma Hospital), George Kay, Jim Field Smith and David Tennant. The co-Producer is Richard Kerbaj for Livedrop Media (Hunting the KGB Killers, Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist) and the drama has been produced by Chris May.

Litvinenko has been produced with the support of many of the key individuals involved in the investigation and subsequent public inquiry including Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, along with Ben Emmerson QC and Alexander’s family.

Litvinenko will launch on the ITV's new free streaming service ITVX later in the Autumn. The drama will be one of the flagship productions set to launch the channel’s  re-imagining of the current ITV Hub on-demand platform and it is expected to be available exclusively on the streamer for at least 6 months before making its debut on one of the ITV channels. Litvinenko will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios. In the Nordic region, Baltic region, Poland and the Netherlands, the series will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service. Distribution in other regions has yet to be announced.