Des (TV series)

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GenreCrime drama
Based onKilling for Company by Brian Masters[1]
Written byLuke Neal (episode 1 & 2),
Kelly Jones (episode 3)[1]
Directed byLewis Arnold
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Producer(s)David Meanti
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format2:1 1080i
Audio formatSurround sound 5.1
Original release14 September (2020-09-14) –
16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)

Des is a British three-part television drama miniseries,[2] based on the 1983 arrest of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen,[3] after the discovery of human remains causing the blockage of a drain near his home.[1] The series premiered on 14 September 2020.[4]


No.EpisodeDirected by [1]Written by [1]Original air date [4]UK viewers
1Episode 1Lewis ArnoldLuke Neal14 September 2020 (2020-09-14)TBD
2Episode 2Lewis ArnoldLuke Neal15 September 2020 (2020-09-15)TBD
3Episode 3Lewis ArnoldKelly Jones16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)TBD


In November 2019, production began on Des,[1] starring David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen.[5]

The drama is the tenth in a sequence of ITV miniseries featuring notorious British murder cases of the past two centuries, following on from This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000), Shipman (2002), A Is for Acid (2002), The Brides in the Bath (2003), See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006), Appropriate Adult (2011), Dark Angel (2016), In Plain Sight (2016) and The Pembrokeshire Murders (2020).



  1. ^ a b c d e f "ITV commissions three part drama, Des - with David Tennant as Dennis Nilsen". ITV Press Center. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "David Tennant says TV drama Des 'does not celebrate' killer Dennis Nilsen". BBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  3. ^ "David Tennant stars as Dennis Nilson in gripping first-look trailer for ITV drama Des". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b Cremona, Patrick (11 September 2020). "When is Des on ITV? When David Tennant's true crime drama starts". Radio Times. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  5. ^ Wilson, Benji (28 August 2020). "How David Tennant transformed himself into serial killer Dennis Nilsen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 August 2020.

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