David Tennant to play the UK's most notorious necrophiliac serial killer in new TV drama

David Tennant to play the UK's most notorious necrophiliac serial killer in new TV drama

David Tennant is all set to portray the UK's most notorious necrophiliac serial killer in a new TV drama, ITV has confirmed.

It will be quite a departure for the actor, who is best known for playing the tenth Doctor in the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who between 2005 and 2010.

In any case, the drama will be a real chance to show the Scot's acting chops as he gears up to play murderer Dennis Nilsen, also known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, in ITV's upcoming three-part drama, Des.

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A serial killer and necrophile, Nilsen is estimated to have murdered at least 12 young men and boys between 1978 and 1983. He was sentenced to life in 1983 for six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 25 years behind bars.

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The series will explore the brutal murders committed by one of the most vicious killers the UK has ever known.

Speaking about the upcoming series, ITV's head of drama, Polly Hill said:

"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."

Kim Varvell, Executive Producer for New Pictures, added:

"Dennis Nilsen's crimes shocked the nation in the early 1980s. Our programme focuses on the emotional impact of those terrible crimes, both on those who came into contact with Nilsen himself, and also on the victims' families. We're thrilled to be working with Luke and Lewis on this project, as well as the incredible cast."

Filming for the drama began recently and is expected to start airing sometime next year.