David Tennant will play a serial killer in new ITV drama Des.
The 48-year-old actor has signed up to portray Dennis Nilsen - who was one of Britain's most notorious killers - in the new three-part series.
ITV commissions Des, a three part drama which follows the arrest and trial of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, known as Des. With David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen. Full details - https://t.co/m4KDS7olqE pic.twitter.com/E5z9bSPM6J
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ITV's head of drama, Polly Hill, told The Sun's Bizarre TV column: "This starts with Nilsen's arrest and is looking at him through the eyes of the police officer trying to identify those he killed and deliver justice.
"David Tennant is going to be brilliant as Nilsen and, with Daniel and Jason, this has an incredible cast."
The project will also star Jason Watkins as Brian Masters, who wrote a book on the killer, and Daniel Mays as Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay.
Dennis was a Scottish serial killer who murdered at least twelve young men between 1978 and 1983 in London.
The killings all took place in the two North London addresses in which he resided between 1978 and 1983 and he became known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, as he committed his later murders in the Muswell Hill district of North London.
He disposed of his victims by dissecting the bodies and either burning them or flushing them down the toilet.
Nilsen was caught when DCI Jay was called to his home to investigate human remains clogging up the drains.
He was convicted of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983.
He died in prison on 12 May 2018 at the age of 72.
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