David Tennant was a guest on ITV's This Morning earlier today to celebrate the launch day of ITV's new streaming service, ITVX. He spoke about his drama Litvinenko which drops on ITVX next week.
Watch the full interview below:
David reflected on how he felt playing one of the most iconic figures in modern history. He said: "We were all committed to telling this story and this is relatively recent history, like I said it's a tragedy politically, the reverberations of this are still being felt today but principally it's about telling the story of someone who lost their husband and a son who lost their father."
During filming, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia was responsible for poisoning Litvinenko. David said: "It was a big day on set. The reason this happened was because Putin wanted to shut Sasha Litvinenko up and the fact that we're still here telling this story means he failed, he didn't do it and his story lives on."
'Litvinenko' will premiere in the UK on ITVX on 15th December.
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.
Check out some photos from David's appearance below: