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Des 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2020)
In 1983 Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen is arrested after the discovery of human remains which have blocked a drain near his London home.
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Series cast summary:
David Tennant ...  Dennis Nilsen 3 episodes, 2020
Daniel Mays ...  DCI Peter Jay 3 episodes, 2020
Jason Watkins ...  Brian Masters 3 episodes, 2020
Ron Cook ...  DSI Geoff Chambers 3 episodes, 2020
Barry Ward ...  DI Steve McCusker 3 episodes, 2020
Faye McKeever ...  Linda Jay 3 episodes, 2020
Ben Bailey Smith ...  DC Brian Lodge 3 episodes, 2020
Bronagh Waugh ...  Charlotte Proctor 3 episodes, 2020
Jay Simpson ...  DS Chris Healey 3 episodes, 2020
Alex Bhat ...  DS Jones 3 episodes, 2020
Joel Morris ...  Tim Wells 3 episodes, 2020
Andy Jaye Andy Jaye ...  News Correspondent 3 episodes, 2020
Chanel Cresswell ...  Lesley Mead 2 episodes, 2020
Jonathan Coy ...  Professor David Bowen 2 episodes, 2020
Oscar Garland ...  Juan 2 episodes, 2020
Cal MacAninch ...  Neil Sinclair 2 episodes, 2020
Neil Edmond ...  Clerk of the Court 2 episodes, 2020
Ross Anderson ...  Douglas Stewart 2 episodes, 2020
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In 1983 Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen is arrested after the discovery of human remains which have blocked a drain near his London home.

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The true story of Dennis Nilsen, the Muswell Hill murderer.


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The script is based on the book "Killing for Company" by Brian Masters, who interviewed Nilsen while he was in prison. See more »

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Featured in Jeremy Vine: Episode #3.187 (2020) See more »

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Highly recommended.
17 September 2020 | by WollyamsSee all my reviews

It's really commendable for the creators of "Des" to chronicle the story of Dennis Nilsen's conviction without ever venturing in to territory which could've so easily become sensationalist or disrespectful to any of his victims - had other people been entrusted to helm the major undertaking for the broadcaster instead.

The show somehow manages to strike the perfect balance between depicting the irredeemable monstrosity of the title character - played expertly by indomitable talent, David Tennant - whilst simultaneously refraining from ever glorifying his role or his crimes, alternatively opting to explore his unconscionable vulgarities through the depiction of their lasting consequences; the resulting trauma, pain & grief endured by those who either survived or lost loved ones.

It's this admirable creative decision - conscientiously grounding the narrative in the perspectives of humanity (rather than indulging in the inhumanity) - which elevates the material & solidifies the season as one of the best ITV has released in recent memory - as disturbing & uncomfortable as it remains to watch.


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15 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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