David Tennant to play serial killer Dennis Nilsen in new ITV series

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The show will focus on “the emotional impact” of Nilsen’s crimes…

Brian Masters’ Dennis Nilsen biography Killing For Company is being adapted by Luke Neal for television, and former Doctor David Tennant will star as the notorious serial killer, who died in prison in May of last year.

Scot Nilsen killed at least twelve young men between 1978 and 1983. The three-part Tennant-led series, which is set to be called Des, will “explore the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen” according to Variety. Line of Duty‘s Daniel Mays will play the police officer investigating the murders, and Jason Watkins (The Crown) will be Killing for Company author Masters.

“David Tennant is going to be brilliant as Dennis Nilsen, and with Daniel Mays as Jay and Jason Watkins as Brian, this has an incredible cast to bring this story to screen,” said ITV drama boss Polly Hill.

“Nilsen’s crimes shocked the nation in the early 1980s,” said Kim Varvell, executive producer for New Pictures. “Our program focuses on the emotional impact of those terrible crimes, both on those who came into contact with Nilsen himself, and also on the victims’ families.”

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