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David Tennant in Litvinenko

David Tennant stars in a drama titled Litvinenko about the famous Russian poisoning case.

The four part series will be written by George Kay (who wrote Lupin and Criminal) and will be broadcast on ITVX in the UK from Thursday 15th December 2022. It is co-produced by Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT). The Nordic, Baltic, Polish and Dutch premiere will be exclusively on NENT Group's Viaplay streaming service.

Global broadcast details in other countries.

David Tennant plays Alexander Litvinenko who was a former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer who was poisoned to death. It is the story of the Scotland Yard Officers who worked for ten years to prove who was responsible in one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police.

The drama also focuses upon the story of Marina (who will be played by Margarita Levieva) who was Alexander's widow who fought tirelessly to persuade the British Government to publicly name her husband's killers and acknowledge the role of the Russian State in his murder.

The drama relates how in November 2006 two police officers were called to University College Hospital in London to interview Litvinenko who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin.

During the police interviews, Litvinenko provided meticulous details from his hospital bedside about the events leading up to his illness. His information would ultimately help detectives track down two Russians who had poisoned Litvinenko with Polonium 210 which is a highly toxic radioactive substance.

The iconic photograph taken of Litvinenko at his bedside generated international headlines and after he was pronounced dead on 23rd November 2006 Scotland Yard launched its murder investigation.

The series was directed by Jim Field Smith and executive produced by Patrick Spence. David Tennant is also listed as an executive producer.

Litvinenko was produced with the support of many of the key individuals who were involved in the investigation and subsequent public enquiry including former Scotland Yard officers Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, along with Ben Emmerson QC and Alexander Litvinenko's family.

Mark Bonnar plays Clive Timmons and Neil Maskell plays Brent Hyatt.

The press releases did not specify when the drama went into production but it was first rumoured back on Monday 9th September 2019 that David Tennant may appear in a drama about Alexander Litvinenko.

Link to posts related to Litvinenko on Blogger.com. (Usually with more detail.)

ITVX trailer:

November 2022
A new promo photo of David Tennant from Litvinenko has been posted online. Updated 22/11

The ITVX trailer for Litvinenko has been posted online. Updated 22/11

Tonight there is a screening of the first episode of Litvinenko at the British Museum which is hosted by the Royal Television Society.
It will be followed by a Question And Answer panel with director Jim Field Smith, co-producer Richard Kerbaj, actor Mark Bonnar and Marina Litvinenko. Updated 22/11

A photo of David Tennant at an exclusive ITVX screening of Litvinenko this afternoon has been posted online. Updated 11/11

The first trailer for Litvinenko has been posted to YouTube.
The series will be available on Sundance Now in the US and Canada from Friday 16th December. Updated 10/11

David Tennant in Litvinenko

Litvinenko will launch on ITVX on Thursday 15th December in the UK. Updated 7/11

The first photo of David Tennant in Litvinenko has been posted online. Updated 7/11


October 2022
Global broadcast details announced for Litvinenko.
As previously announced, the four part drama will be broadcast on ITV in the UK following being available on its streaming service ITVX which launches later this year.
NENT Group's Viaplay streaming service will show it in the Nordics, Netherlands, Poland and Baltics.
AMC Networks Sundance Now and AMC+ have acquired the exclusive US rights to Litvineko and Amazon's Prime Video will show the series in Canada.
In Europe Litvinenko will air on M6 France, ProSieben Sat1 Germany and Sky Italia among others.
Seven Network Australia, TVNZ (New Zealand) and Now TV Hong Kong will broadcast the drama.
Viacom 18 which will make it available across the Indian sub-continent (BookMyShow which will hold the TVOD rights in India, through its platform BookMyShow Stream). Also M-Net has the rights in a pan-Africa deal. Updated 17/10

Screening of the first episode of Litvinenko at British Museum on Tuesday 22nd November.
It will be hosted by at Royal Television Society.
A Question And Answer panel with director Jim Field Smith, co-producer Richard Kerbaj, actor Mark Bonnar and Marina Litvinenko will follow the screening.
David Tennant will not attend the screening as he will be on stage that evening performing in the play Good. Updated 14/10


May 2022
The Independent has a new interview with David Tennant about how he 'felt the responsibility of playing Alexander Litvinenko after meeting spy's wife Marina.' Updated 12/5


April 2022
MIP TV opens today.
Litvinenko will be showcased at the industry-only event which takes place between today and Wednesday 6th April at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. Updated 4/4


March 2022
Deadline reports Litvinenko will be showcased at MIP TV.
The industry-only event takes place between Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th April at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.
No start date for the UK broadcast has been announced yet.
However it will be shown on ITV's new streaming service called ITVX first before being broadcast 6 to 9 months later on ITV. Updated 29/3

ITV Press has announced ITV's new streaming service called ITVX.
It says some dramas (including Litvinenko) will stream first and for free on ITVX before arriving 6 to 9 months later on ITV's broadcast channel. Updated 3/3


September 2021
David Tennant to star in the four part poison drama Litvinenko. Updated 30/9

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