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New Pictures of ITV’s Latest Serial Killer Series ‘Des’ Have Just Landed

New Pictures of ITV’s Latest Serial Killer Series ‘Des’ Have Just Landed

We shared the first trailer of David Tennant's upcoming drama Des just yesterday, and now ITV has teased us with the first drop of pictures from the necrophiliac serial killer series.


Based on Dennis Nilsen, the infamous serial killer who murdered at least 15 men in his North London flat between the late 1970s and early 1980s, the three-part series tells the story from three different perspectives - Nilsen (played by Tenant), Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay (played by White Lines' Daniel Mays) and biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins).

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"Killed on our patch for four years, he gets away with nothing," says Mays in the trailer.

The new drama is based on a true crime book, Killing for Company by Brian Masters, and in it we see the Broadchurch actor depicting Nilsen - often referred to as the 'kindly killer' due to his calm and honest nature when being interviewed - who prayed on the homeless or those living off the grid and susceptible to the generosity of strangers.

David Tennant plays serial killer Dennis Nilsen (Credit: ITV)
David Tennant plays serial killer Dennis Nilsen (Credit: ITV)

He was sentenced to life in prison on November 4, 1983, after being found guilty of six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. However one particularly chilling scene in the trailer sees the monster admit to there being "fifteen or sixteen" bodies.

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In an even more disturbing twist, Nilsen would also perform sex acts on his victims before dismembering them and disposing of parts by burning them on a bonfire or flushing them down the toilet.

Nilsen and his biographer Brian Masters (Credit: ITV)
Nilsen and his biographer Brian Masters (Credit: ITV)

ITV describes the series as: "Des will explore how a man like Nilsen was able to prey on the young and vulnerable in 1980s Britain.

"The series will not only highlight the police investigation and trial but also the effect of the media coverage on public perceptions of the victims at the time, raising questions of just how far have we really come since then."

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Daniel Mays plays Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay
Daniel Mays plays Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay

Nielson died in prison on May 12, 2018 at the age of 72.

While there's no specific release date just yet, ITV have confirmed the series will be landing in September, so there shouldn't be too long to wait. We have a feeling we'll be watching this from behind our fingers.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Naomi Chadderton (FL)

Naomi is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, Naomi moved out to Dubai where she worked for Grazia Middle East and Harper's Bazaar Arabia. She is now back home and enjoying the London life.