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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 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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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 – ITV

The Sun has the big news that Daniel Mays is set to star with David Tennant and Jason Watkins in ITV’s new drama “Des”.

Danny will portray Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay the police officer who investigated the Muswell Hill crime scene. David Tennant will portray Dennis Nilsen, a former soldier and policeman, murdered at least a dozen boys and young men in his North ­London homes between 1978 and 1983. Jason Watkins will portray Brian Masters who wrote the biography on Nilsen.

ITV Press Release:

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.”

Written by Luke Neal, the three-part drama is based on material from Brian’s book Killing For Company, which features conversations with the twisted loner, known as “Des”.

Filming begins very soon with an expected transmission date sometime in 2020.

Radio Times

Deadline

Variety

Check back for updates on this exciting new project!

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Good Morning Britain – Wednesday 3 February

Daniel Mays will be a guest Wednesday morning on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss Dad’s Army.

Tune in bright and early!  The episode airs from 6:00 – 8:30AM.

You’ll be able to catch up with the episode via ITV Player.

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Daniel Mays – ITV Lorraine Interview – 10 July 2015

Courtesy of ITV

Courtesy of ITV

Daniel Mays was back in the interview chair with ITV’s Lorraine this morning.  Danny discussed The Red Lion, the upcoming Dad’s Army film, and Line of Duty series 3.

Danny’s interview clip from the show is now available at the Lorraine website.

Thanks to Lorraine and all at ITV for the always warm welcome!

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The Great Fire: Episode Four

ITV’s The Great Fire concludes on Thursday 6 November at 9PM.

Episode four

 Thomas guiltily reveals that Sarah’s husband Will is not dead as she suspected. He is in fact alive having deserted to the colonies, leaving his family alone and penniless. Sarah’s shock turns to anger at Thomas. And it’s with a shadow hanging over them that they return to Moorfields…

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