Des: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Des

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Des is a smartly scripted, sufficiently eerie true crime drama anchored by a chilling performance from David Tennant.

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 14, 2020

On Feb. 9 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay discovers a drain clogged with rotting flesh and bones; he culprit, Dennis Nilsen, freely admits to the police that it's not just one or two bodies, but more than a dozen.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2020

With limited resources, Jay and the police continue to dig into Dennis Nilsen's memories in an effort to convict him of the murders; when Des withdraws his cooperation and stops talking, Jay fears justice will be lost.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2020

Reeling from Des' change in plea, Jay and the police throw themselves into proving premeditation; if they can show the court that Des was undoubtedly of sound mind when he committed his crimes, he will go down and never be released.

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Cast & Crew

David Tennant
Dennis Nilsen

Actor
Daniel Mays
DCI Peter Jay

Actor
Jason Watkins
Brian Masters

Actor
Barry Ward
DI Steve McCusker

Actor
Ron Cook
DCS Geoff Chambers

Actor
Jay Simpson
DS Chris Healey

Actor
Ben Bailey Smith
DC Brian Lodge

Actor
Bronagh Waugh
Charlotte Proctor

Actor
Faye McKeever
Linda Jay

Actor
Jamie Parker
Allan Green QC

Actor
Pip Torrens
Ivan Lawrence QC

Actor
Laurie Kynaston
Carl Stottor

Actor
Ross Anderson
Douglas Stewart

Actor
Chanel Cresswell
Lesley Mead

Actor
Andrew Woodall
Professor Hardy

Actor
Silas Carson
Russell Cavendish

Actor
Tony Way
Mike Cattran

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Willow Grylls
Executive Producer
Kim Varvell
Executive Producer
Charlie Pattinson
Executive Producer
Elaine Pyke
Executive Producer
David Tennant
Executive Producer
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  • Sep 06, 2021
    David Tennant, man what an actor and his portrayal of the Scottish murderer Dennis Nilsen is one of his best performances. Just like the 1995 film 'Seven', you never actually see the murder take place, but it's explained heavily by the killer himself in the most causal and calm way possible. Incredibly chilling. The scenes were made more effective by a great supporting performance from Daniel Mays.

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