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Dennis Nilsen Drama









ITV has announced the commission of Des, a three part drama which follows the arrest and trial of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, known as Des.   

Written by Luke Neal and developed by Luke Neal and Lewis Arnold, the drama is based on material from the book Killing for Company by Brian Masters, which focuses on one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. 

Dennis Nilsen is played by David Tennant (Good Omens, Broadchurch), Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay played by Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Temple) and biographer Brian Masters is played by Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies). The series will explore the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen. 

Nilsen murdered boys and young men in his flat from 1978 to 1983. He was undetected for five years, and it was only when DCI Peter Jay was called to 23 Cranley Gardens on 9 February, 1983, to investigate human fragments of flesh and bone clogging the drains, that the police realised they had a serial killer on their hands.  

Dennis Nilsen was arrested and convicted at the Old Bailey of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, which was replaced by a whole life tariff in 1994. He died in May 2018. 

Told from both the police and Masters’ point of view, Des will explore how a man like Nilsen was able to prey on the young and vulnerable in 1980s Britain.  The series will not only highlight the police investigation and trial but also the effect of the media coverage on public perceptions of the victims at the time, raising questions of just how far have we really come since then? 

Commented ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill:  “This drama starts with Nilsen’s arrest and is looking at him through the eyes of the police officer trying to identify those he killed and deliver justice for them and the biographer he chose to tell his story. David Tennant is going to be brilliant as Dennis Nilsen and with Daniel Mays as Jay and Jason Watkins as Brian, this has an incredible cast to bring this story to screen and we are delighted to be making this with New Pictures for ITV.” 

22 November 2019

The Archers Actor Dies

 Colin Skipp as Tony ArcherColin Skipp as Tony Archer







Colin Skipp, who played Tony Archer in BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers for 47 years, has died at the age of 80.

The actor joined the drama in 1967 and played the farmer until 2013, when he retired after suffering several heart attacks and having major heart surgery. 

Pat Gallimore, who played Tony's wife Pat, paid tribute to Skipp as "a good friend and generous colleague". 

"Colin was a very fine actor who brought truth and integrity to the role of Tony," she said. 

The Archers editor Jeremy Howe said: "Colin had a wonderful voice, which made Tony singular and distinctive. 

"He was absolutely Colin's creation - a man who returned to his roots determined to succeed in farming on his own and his wife Pat's terms. The Bridge Farm they created together was at the vanguard of progressive thinking - a small-scale but successful and profitable organic unit." 

22 November 2019












The recent BBC One comedy Scarborough will not be returning for a second series. 

Created by Benidorm writer Derren Litten, the series focused on the community in the seaside town and observed the relationship between central characters Mike and Karen, played by Jason Manford and Catherine Tyldesley. 

The cast  also featured Stephanie Cole, Maggie Ollerenshaw, Steve Edge, Claire Sweeney, Harriet Webb, Gina Fillingham, Steff Todd, Jake Canuso, Olisa Odele, Rebecca Scroggs, Rebekah Hinds and Litten. 

The BBC said in a statement: "Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions to make room for new comedy on BBC One. We are very proud of Scarborough and would like to thank Derren and the team for all their hard work on the series." 

22 November 2019


Channel 4 Christmas Special










Channel 4 has commissioned ITN Productions to produce a one-off Christmas special, Christmas At Chatsworth House.

Taking a look behind the scenes of the historic Derbyshire house that provided the iconic backdrop for Pride and Prejudice, Christmas At Chatsworth House follows this unique British institution as it prepares for its most important weeks of the year and gets ready to open its doors to over 200,000 Christmas visitors.

Chatsworth House is one of England’s most iconic stately homes and seat to the Cavendish family and all Dukes of Devonshire since 1549.  Filmed behind the scenes of the country mansion throughout this year’s festive preparations, we discover that Christmas is Chatsworth’s most important event, its success crucial to the survival of a 500-year-old estate in the 21st century.

The 12th Duke and Duchess still run Chatsworth as a traditional estate, but on a vast scale.  With stunning gardens, parkland and 35,000 acres of farm and moor, their corner of the Peak District now employs 800 staff. The house has 500 years of history, a priceless, irreplaceable art collection and a roof the size of a football pitch.

ITN Production’s Executive Producer, Will Smith, said: “Viewers will be amazed at the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to transform Chatsworth House at Christmas and make it such a magical and enchanting time for visitors. This one-off documentary will provide a compelling insight into the sheer scale of getting the house ready so that guests can participate in the festive fun and have a Christmas to remember.”

22 November 2019



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