Daniel Mays

Des Episodes – ITV

The superb Des premiered on ITV Monday 14 September to rave reviews.

Catch up with the episodes as they air on ITV or later on via ITV Hub (all episodes available via ITV hub as of Wednesday 16 September):

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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Des – Premieres Tonight on ITV – 9PM

Des premieres this evening at 9PM on ITV. This gripping television event starring Daniel Mays, David Tennant, and Jason Watkins airs over 3 evenings this week – Monday to Wednesday. It is NOT to be missed.

Series overview

Des is a true-crime drama focusing on one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history, Dennis Nilsen. Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen (David Tennant) was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering boys and young men he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would meet and befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat. His victims were often homeless or living off grid, having slipped through the cracks of 1980s society and were therefore welcoming of this stranger’s apparent generosity. When he was finally caught on 9 February 1983, Nilsen had murdered a total of fifteen men over a period of five years, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. 

The story is told through the prism of three isolated men – a detective, a biographer, and Nilsen himself. While Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) and the police investigation’s attempt to get justice for as many victims as possible provides the narrative and emotional spine, the relationship between Nilsen and his biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) allows us to delve into the mind of one of the most emotionally elusive serial killers the world has ever seen. Can we ever really understand the mind of a psychopathic killer? And, if we try, what price do we pay?
 
Des is written by Luke Neal and developed by Luke Neal and Lewis Arnold based on material from the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters. The series is Directed by Lewis Arnold, Produced by David Meanti and Executive Produced by Willow Grylls, Kim Varvell, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke for New Pictures, Polly Hill for ITV and Lewis Arnold, Luke Neal and David Tennant.

Episodes will be available on ITV Hub after they air.

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Des – Reviews

Des airs Monday 14 September to Wednesday 16 September at 9PM on ITV.

Reviews:

The Times: ★★★★★ Daniel Mays’s performance as DCI Peter Jay was strong and heavy in its haunted weariness

The Telegraph: ★★★★★

Guardian: ★★★★

Independent

FT.com – ★★★★★

Metro: ★★★★★

The Killing Times: ★★★★★

Radio Times

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Code 404 – Streaming on Peacock on 1st October

We finally have the US premiere date for Code 404 on Peacock’s streaming service – 1 October 2020!

Code 404 revolves around two Detective Inspectors, DI John Major (Daniel Mays) and DI Roy Carver (Stephen Graham), who are the top crime fighting duo in the Unit. But when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. How will the SIU function without Major? It doesn’t have to. As an ‘asset’ considered too valuable to lose, Major’s body is fast-tracked into an experimental Artificial Intelligence project to bring him back from the dead. The only problem is, Major 2.0 may look like and sound like the original, but something has been lost in translation – quite a lot actually. Somehow, Major’s error-strewn hunches and Carver’s scrambling to make good allows them to just about scrape by.

We cannot wait for the US audience to be able to watch this hilarious comedy on Peacock!

Code 404 is currently filming series 2 for Sky and will follow on Peacock later in 2021 (exact date TBA).

With Peacock, from NBCUniversal, you can stream current hits, hundreds of timeless movies, and thousands of episodes of your favorite TV shows. Plus… timely news, live sports, and pop culture, updated daily.

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Daniel Mays For Leonard Jay

Daniel Mays helped Leonard Jay celebrate reopening their flagship shop in Newgate.

Check out the amazing photos of Danny looking very dapper on the leonardjay1962 instagram account. We’d love it if you would also give them a follow!

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Des Press – Interviews & Appearances

Des airs on ITV Monday 14 September to Wednesday 16 September at 9PM. Daniel Mays will be busy as ever with press and appearances for the series. (Check back for updates)

Fabric Magazine: Danny talks life in lockdown, getting back to filming Code 404 and Temple (both are in production for series 2), and Des for ITV. The photos are some of our favourites!

Television & Radio:
Talk Radio – Andy Jaye – 4PM Saturday 12 September
Sunday Brunch: Sunday 13 September 9:30AM on Channel 4

TV Magazines (out on Tuesday 8 September):

Other Interviews/Articles:

Sam Cook (Cardiff Local TV): Youtube interview with Danny and Des Director Lewis Arnold

Mirror: The Line of Duty star is used to hard-hitting roles, but he Des was different.

Daily Mail – How studying serial killer Dennis Nilsen for new TV drama left Daniel Mays shaken

Broadcast Magazine

The Version – Interview: Daniel Mays on new ITV drama Des

BT TV

Daily Mail

Metro UK


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London Fabric Magazine Interview

Daniel Mays is featured in London Fabric Magazine for September 2020.

Killer Instinct: Ahead of his role in the highly anticipated Des, Daniel Mays talks coppers, being a copycat and coping with the consequences of lockdown.

There are some amazing photos too (along with a few behind the scenes snaps that Danny has shared on his instagram. (All Photography @shotbythompson, Styling @helencollinsstyle)

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Des – Premieres Monday 14 September on ITV

ITV announced today that Des starring Daniel Mays, David Tennant, Jason Watkins, and others will premiere on Monday 14 September at 9PM on ITV. Episodes 2 & 3 follow on Wednesday & Thursday 15 & 16 September.

Series overview

Des is a true-crime drama focusing on one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history, Dennis Nilsen. Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen (David Tennant) was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering boys and young men he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would meet and befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat. His victims were often homeless or living off grid, having slipped through the cracks of 1980s society and were therefore welcoming of this stranger’s apparent generosity. When he was finally caught on 9 February 1983, Nilsen had murdered a total of fifteen men over a period of five years, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. 

The story is told through the prism of three isolated men – a detective, a biographer, and Nilsen himself. While Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) and the police investigation’s attempt to get justice for as many victims as possible provides the narrative and emotional spine, the relationship between Nilsen and his biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) allows us to delve into the mind of one of the most emotionally elusive serial killers the world has ever seen. Can we ever really understand the mind of a psychopathic killer? And, if we try, what price do we pay?
 
Des is written by Luke Neal and developed by Luke Neal and Lewis Arnold based on material from the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters. The series is Directed by Lewis Arnold, Produced by David Meanti and Executive Produced by Willow Grylls, Kim Varvell, Charlie Pattinson and Elaine Pyke for New Pictures, Polly Hill for ITV and Lewis Arnold, Luke Neal and David Tennant.

Episode 1

On 9 February 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) is called to the leafy North London address of 23 Cranley Gardens, where he discovers the drains clogged with rotting flesh and bones. But the extent of this grisly discovery only becomes apparent when the culprit returns from work. Dennis Nilsen, a meek man, freely admits to the police that it’s not just one or two bodies but “15 or 16, I think”. How had they allowed this to happen under their noses for five years, and what had driven this seemingly ordinary civil servant to commit such atrocities?

As the police try to secure a conviction and identify the victims from scant DNA evidence, biographer Brian Masters attempts to understand why. A game of chess with ‘Des’ begins, and while Brian may be exhilarated by his newest subject, he’s unaware what this new obsession could do to his life.

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Des – Trailer

ITV has released the first look trailer for Des starring Daniel Mays, David Tennant, and Jason Watkins.

Des is three part drama told through the prism of three men – Dennis Nilsen played by David Tennant (Good Omens, Broadchurch), Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay played by Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Temple) and biographer Brian Masters played by Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies) – the series will explore the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.

Told from both the police and Masters’ point of view, 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?

ITV Des Press release

Look for Des on ITV in September (exact date TBA). It will be shown in the US on the Sundance Now channel at a later date.

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Code 404 – Series 2

Great news that Sky’s Code 404 series 2 has begun filming this week! Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham, and Anna Maxwell Martin, and co are BACK in their fantastic roles in Sky’s hit comedy series.

 

Code 404 was recommissioned by Sky for series 2 back in May.

Sky original Code 404, a comedy based on a crime fighting duo and an experimental A.I. project set in the near future, starring Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin, has been renewed for a second series after the first proved to be a breakout hit with audiences.

Code 404 launched on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV on 29 April with a cumulative seven-day audience of 1.9m viewers for the opening episode, making it Sky’s biggest comedy launch in eight years. The show is also Sky’s fastest binged original comedy box set ever, with over 360,000 viewers watching the whole six-episode series before episode 2 aired on linear television.

It’s fantastic to have productions back after the pandemic has put things on hold these past few months. We are assured that the Code 404 production is taking all necessary precautions and listening to advice to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Check back for more updates as filming continues this summer!

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