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David Tennant’s creepy transformation into serial executioner Dennis’ Des’ Nilsen will be brought to life on screen tonight from 9pm.
Previously released images proved the Doctor Who actor bear an unsettling similarity to Nilsen as he borrowed his side-swept fringe and huge glass, but now it’s time to see the full tale unfold.
Nilsen was a necrophile who is believed to have viciously murdered at least 12 young men and boys between 1978 and 1983. He enticed victims back to his homes in Melrose Avenue and Cranley Gardens in Muswell Hill, North London with the promise of alcohol, food or a region to expend the night.
Once there, Nilsen killed them and performed various sexual acts on their corpses. He stored their own bodies under his floorboards, though occasionally removed them to have conversations as if they were alive. Over the course of a few days or weeks, Nilsen would dismember the bodies and flush parts down the toilet.
The new drama Des, which will air on ITV, sees Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay get called to 23 Cranley Gardens, where he discovers the drainages choked with decompose human flesh and bones.
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Police confront Nilsen and he has acknowledged that the number of bodies goes into the teens; a revelation that leaves biographer Brian Lords trying to understand why Nilsen could do what he did.
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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.
After being convicted on six countings of slaughter and two counts of attempted slaying, Nilsen was jailed for life in November 1983. He died in 2018.
Des will air nightly on ITV from tonight, September 14, until Wednesday, September 16.
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