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Des - True Crime Drama - ITV 14th, 15 & 16th September


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Did anyone watch this last night? 

 

Its a dramatisation surrounding the arrest and trial of Dennis Nilsen. I'd never heard of him before, the press certainly don't seem to mention him as often as the likes of the West's or Sutcliffe. So, anyway, we watched it last night, I've not watched anything on ITV in a long, long time so was fearing the worst but was absolutely gripped from start to finish and got really frustrated at how the as breaks broke up the tension. 

 

I'm not going to look up Nilsen and do any further reading until this has finished but Tennant is so far away from his normal performances. Here he's cold and calculated and, well, really odd, lonely even. His presence is almost at that of the bloke who plays Kemper in Mindhunter, but for very different reasons 

 

Daniel Mays, as the investigating officer, is also really good (as he always is), coming across as both disgusted and haunted by what he's experiencing.

 

Really looking forward to tonight's episode.

 

(I also need to get round to watching the one they did on the White House Farm murders, which I have recorded)

 

 

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These days, I don't think there's any drama good enough such that I'd put up with breaks every 15 minutes. Oh, that was a mighty tense scene, wasn't it, now please hold that mood for a few minutes of made up science about hair conditioner and updates on the latest processed crap available at Iceland. (I haven't watched an advert in years, so I apologise for any inaccuracies.)

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I find I prefer ad breaks now as it gives me a chance to pop the kettle on and have a wee.

 

Anyway this was brilliant. I’ve no interest in serial killers particularly but this is two of my favourite actors going at it in Mays and Tennant and they didn’t disappoint.  Looking forward to the rest.

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Been looking forward to this for some time. Nilsen was a bit of a childhood figure to me and often discussed in our household while I was growing up. I read Killing for Company as an older child, watched The Cold Light of Day and always looked forward to reading History of a Drowning Boy, which is finally getting a posthumous release.

Almost everything in this is rather good, much in the vein of other ITV dramas like Appropriate Adult and See No Evil. I haven't really been a fan of Tennant other than his role as Campbell in Takin' Over the Asylum but he was fine here. I got the impression that the production has wanted to distance itself from Nilsen and is downplaying some of the more unusual elements- that Nilsen himself was actually well liked by his co-workers (just a passing mention here) and that he had a genial relationship with the police after being arrested, to the point where they often had to remind themselves who "Des" actually was. Overall, I really liked the first part.

I'm really hoping that at least one of the other episodes explores his years before Muswell Hill- other than the obvious reference point of seeing his grandfather's body, I'd like to see more about his attempts at a settled domestic life and his failed relationship before the killings started.

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6 hours ago, DeciderVT said:

I'm really hoping that at least one of the other episodes explores his years before Muswell Hill- other than the obvious reference point of seeing his grandfather's body, I'd like to see more about his attempts at a settled domestic life and his failed relationship before the killings started.

 

I watched last night's and at least one of the episodes need this, otherwise it's all going to be very pedestrian.

 

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No issues here but we were watching the catch-up on ITV Hub an hour later.

 

3 hours ago, englishbob said:

 

I watched last night's and at least one of the episodes need this, otherwise it's all going to be very pedestrian.

 

 

Not really expecting this now, unfortunately. Nevertheless, an appearance from Chanel Cresswell was a nice surprise.

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On 15/09/2020 at 20:26, Harsin said:

Glad this threads explained it. I thought it was a biopic and was shocked by how much I didn’t know about Lynam’s life.

 

I still think his crimes against Countdown are worse than a few human lives.

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