I think I speak for everyone when I say we all have a soft spot for David Tennant, the rather charming star of Dr Who, Broadchurch, Criminal: UK and more. The man is always a joy to watch, even when he’s the baddie in Jessica Jones or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But he’s just landed a role that may make him, er, difficult to like.
Tennant will star in the upcoming true crime-based TV miniseries Des as Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 (and as many as 15) men and boys between 1978-1983.
The upcoming show was announced by UK channel ITV yesterday — and followed up just a coupla hours later with a first-look image of the actor in character as Nilsen. Note the classic serial killer glasses.
Des is based on the true crime book Killing for Company by Brian Masters, and according to Deadline will mostly focus on Nilsen’s state of mind post-arrest.
The series will also feature The Crown’s Jason Watkins as writer Masters and as a huge Line of Duty fan I’m personally keen to see Daniel Mays (from Season 3) as Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay.
The news that David Tennant will play a horrible serial killer follows on from the announcement that Harrison Ford has been tapped to play Michael Peterson in a TV show based on true crime doco The Staircase, so it’s clearly the trend for our faves to play morally murky people on telly.