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Viewers Think David Tennant Should Win An Award For Des

Viewers Think David Tennant Should Win An Award For Des

Viewers have said David Tennant should win 'all of the awards' for his performance as killer Dennis Nilsen in Des.

Following the finale of the gripping thriller, fans praised the actor for his portrayal of one of Britain's most infamous murderers.

Taking to social media, viewers said the Dr Who star should win a BAFTA for his performance, with some saying they should go as far as handing him an Oscar.

"Can we hand David Tennant all the awards that exist Brilliant #Des," wrote one.

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A second said firmly: "If David Tennant doesn't win all the awards for this, something is very wrong."

One particularly excited viewer said: "Please just give David Tennant the NTA, the BAFTA, the Oscar and any other award which involves acting, because he deserves them all #Des."


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Nilsen died on 12 May 2018 aged 72 and was a serial killer and necrophile who is believed to have brutally murdered at least 12 young men and boys between 1978 and 1983 - though he had originally claimed to have butchered as many as 16.

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The Scottish killer was arrested by police after a plumber responded to the complaints made by Nilsen and other tenants about the drains at 23 Cranley Gardens on 9 February 1983.

After opening the drain cover, the plumber, Michael Cattran, discovered a flesh-like substance and a number of bones.

Speaking about the killer, Tennant recently told LADbible he felt it was 'right and proper' that Nilsen died before the series aired.

He said: "After he was arrested, Dennis Nilsen became obsessed with was the legend of 'Des' - the reputation that he left behind. Whenever he slipped out of public consciousness, there was almost a sense that he wanted to get back into it. That's why I'm relieved he's not alive.

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"I would hate for this to go out and for him to be sitting in some cell somewhere imaging we were in any way glorifying him. I'm sure he would have complained about what we said and everything we did. At the same time, he would have been rather smugly pleased he was on television.

"I think it's right and proper it's transmitting after he's gone."

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]