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|Genre||Drama / Crime|
|Contributor||Daniel Mays, Lewis Arnold, Jason Watkins, David Tennant, Ron Cook|
Des is a true crime drama focusing on one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history Dennis Nilsen Known as the kindly killer, Nilsen (David Tennant, Good Omens, Broadchurch) was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering boys and young men he met on the streets of Londons Soho from 1978 to 1983. When he was finally caught on 9 February 1983 Nilsen had murdered a total of fifteen men over a period of five years, making him Britains most prolific serial killer of the time. After his arrest, Nilsen was astonishing in his honesty admitting outright to all fifteen murders in the police car outside his flat. But infuriatingly for the investigating detectives, he couldnt remember any of his victims names. With no apparent motive, inconclusive forensic evidence and most of Nilsens victims living off grid, the police started the biggest manhunt investigation in UK history. This time not for the murderer, but for the murdered. 3 x 60 mins
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : AMA10487
- Director : Lewis Arnold
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 3 hours
- Release date : 16 December 2020
- Actors : Jason Watkins, Daniel Mays, David Tennant, Ron Cook
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Acorn
- ASIN : B08KJR98QG
- Country of origin : Australia
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- 2,468 in TV Shows (Movies & TV)
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Played with no access to emotion, a sign of psychopathy, and without affect, he is creepily convincing.
The movie starts with the discovery of human remains at Nielsens house, and follows the investigation into the identity of at least fifteen of the victims, sexually abused then being disposed of in pieces, with his house being an abbatoir for humans.
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The three lead actors, David Tennant, in particular, deserve the praise they have been getting for their performances, but so do the actors portraying the surviving victims and family members. Laurie Kynaston, who played Carl Stotter, and Chanel Cresswell as Leslie Mead, were heartbreaking. It is when you see their pain that you fully understand why this story needed to be told.
It's a cautionary tale. We, as a society, need to do a better job for these families and for those who would become victims as a result of their being cast out and abandoned, those who fall between the cracks, the lost and disenfranchised. We really haven't come all that far in the forty-odd years since this occurred. The prejudices remain. The system failures are just as real today. We must do better.
The series is well-made. It strikes the right tone, the performances all are brilliant, the period costumes and settings are spot on. The actual footage is well-placed and serves as a sober reminder that these are real events. It avoids gruesome and sensational speculation about how the deaths occurred. As Nilsen pointed out, he was their only witness--and an unreliable one.
I wish there were more DVD extras. I know they did a documentary with interviews of some of the surviving family members. That would have been a nice extra.
David tenant is excellent!!