Des: Season 1

Des: Season 1

Des: Season 1

David Tennant leads this three-part true-crime drama as serial killer Des Nilsen, a local civil servant who was caught in 1983 when human remains blocked a drain near his home.

2020UK
CrimeDramaTrue Story & Biography

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
8 October 2020

Episode 1

On 9 February 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay discovers a drain clogged with rotting flesh and bones. The culprit, Dennis Nilsen, freely admits to the police that it's not just one or two bodies,... MORE but "15 or 16, I think".

EPISODE 1.2
8 October 2020

Episode 2

With limited resources, Jay and the police continue to dig into Nilsen's memories in an effort to convict him for the murder of every one of his victims. But when Des withdraws his cooperation and... MORE stops talking, Jay fears justice will be lost.

EPISODE 1.3
8 October 2020

Episode 3

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... MORE go down and never be released.

Des: Season 1 / Reviews

The Age

The Age

Head slightly tilted back, his voice benign, David Tennant redefines that hoary screen archetype of the serial killer in this scarifying British true crime drama.

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Independent

Independent

Des is fascinated by Nilsen, and has a goldmine in Tennant, but wants to drive home the resulting trauma of his actions, too.

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BBC

BBC

In short, it's a fascinating portrait of a terrible man.

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The Times

The Times

David Tennant's performance as the titular psychopath, known as Des to his fellow civil servants, was richly detailed and impeccably controlled. Ultimately, however, the show's central strength was Luke Neal's agile screenplay.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

They are generous performances, neither hogging the limelight when they appear together, and creating something even greater than the sum of their parts.

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