First Look At David Tennant As Alexander Litvinenko In New ITVX Drama Coming In December

ITVX has released the first look at David Tennant's uncanny portrayal of 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.  Litvinenko, a four-part drama telling the story of Litvinenko’s death and the investigation which followed, will stream exclusively on ITVX from Thursday 15th December.

David Tennant will star in Litvinenko, commissioned for ITVX by Head of Drama, Polly Hill and written by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay. The drama will relate how in November 2006 two police officers were called to University College Hospital in London to interview a patient in declining health. The patient was Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. 

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, 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 has been produced with the support of many of the key individuals involved in the investigation and subsequent public inquiry including former New Scotland Yard officers, Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, along with Ben Emmerson QC and Alexander’s family.  Mark Bonnar portrays Clive Timmons, whilst Neil Maskell portrays Brent Hyatt.

Litvinenko has been directed by Jim Field Smith and was filmed on location in and around London. Produced by ITV Studios, Tiger Aspect Productions and Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) in association with Livedrop Media, the series is executive produced by Patrick Spence for ITV Studios, Josephine Zapata Genetay for NENT Group, Lucy Bedford for Tiger Aspect Productions, George Kay, Jim Field Smith and David Tennant. The co-Producer is Richard Kerbaj for Livedrop Media and the drama has been produced by Chris May. 

The series is distributed internationally by ITV Studios, which recently announced it had pre-sold the show to over 80 territories. In the Nordic region, Baltic region, Poland and the Netherlands, the series will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service.

ITVX, set to launch in December, will be the UK’s freshest streaming service, offering viewers the flexibility to access free content with ads and ad-free paid subscription, all in one place.