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ITV Announces Release Date For New Drama 'Des'

ITV Announces Release Date For New Drama 'Des'

ITV has finally confirmed the release date for highly-anticipated true crime drama, Des - and viewers have less than two weeks to wait.

Starring David Tennant as the sadistic serial killer Dennis Nilsen, Des is landing on ITV at 9pm on Monday 14th September. Mark the date in your diary.


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The three-part drama is told through the prism of three men: detective Peter Jay (played by Daniel Mays) who arrested the killer, biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) and Nilsen himself (Tennant).

Nilsen murdered up to 16 boys and men in his North London flat between 1978 and 1983. His victims were often homeless or living off grid, susceptible to the generosity of strangers.

David Tennant is taking on the role of the sadistic serial killer (Credit: London Met Police/ITV)
David Tennant is taking on the role of the sadistic serial killer (Credit: London Met Police/ITV)

Once back at Nilsen's, he would strangle them - sometimes combined with drowning - before observing a ritual in which he would bathe and dress the victim's bodies, which he would keep for long periods of time.

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Sick Nilsen would also perform sex acts on the bodies, before dissecting them and disposing of the parts by burning them on a bonfire or flushing them down the toilet.

The channel release the first trailer for the drama last month and it shows Tennant in character as the killer.

The drama airs on 14th September (Credit: ITV)
The drama airs on 14th September (Credit: ITV)

In a chillingly memorable shot, the actor depicted the real life moment Nilsen revealed the extent of his crimes.

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After being caught and while being held in the police car, Nilsen was asked if the remains belonged to one or two bodies. In the trailer, Tennant speaks his disturbing answer: "Fifteen or sixteen."

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We're blocking out the entire evening of Monday 14th September for this.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment News, TV and Film, True Crime, ITV

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