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'Des' Viewers Left Terrified By David Tennant's Portrayal Of Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen

'Des' Viewers Left Terrified By David Tennant's Portrayal Of Serial Killer Dennis Nilsen

Last night viewers were wowed by David Tennant's portray of sick serial killer Denis Nilsen in his brand new ITV drama.

Des, which began on Monday 14th September and continues tonight with part two and third and final on Wednesday 16th, already seems to have viewers hooked, with the Doctor's Who actor's performance a standout.


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The serial killer 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).

Often referred to as the 'kindly killer' for his calm nature and honesty when being interviewed, Nilsen murdered up to 16 boys and men in his North London flat between 1978 and 1983.

Nielsen's victims were often homeless or living off grid, susceptible to the generosity of strangers.

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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Part one of 'Des' started on 14th September (Credit: ITV)
Part one of 'Des' started on 14th September (Credit: ITV)

Part one of Des appears to already have viewers waiting for the rest, with the feedback on social media being super positive.

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"Terrifying so far. Fantastic acting from David Tennant. #Des," wrote one.

"So Des is pretty terrifying," said another. "David Tennant is chilling."

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"Don't know which is more terrifying his crimes or his manner, you just never know what a person is capable of #Des," commented a third.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Another called Tennant's performance worthy of a BAFTA come award season.

One said: "David Tennant is superb as Dennis Nilson - calm, cold, controlled - and quite simply terrifying. Superb acting - bring on the BAFTA.

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"Give David Tennant a Bafta now! #Des," said another.

Well, if you didn't catch Des last night, it might be time to head to ITV Hub.

Des continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.