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David Tennant - Litvinenko

David Tennant - Litvinenko

David Tennant will star 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 ITV in the UK. It will be co-produced by Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT). The Nordic, Baltic, Polish and Dutch premiere will be exclusively on NENT Groupís Viaplay streaming service.

Currently distribution in other countries has not been announced.

David Tennant will play 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 Alexanderís widow who fought tirelessly to persuade the British Government to publicly name her husbandís killers and acknowledge the role of the Russian State in his murder.

The drama will relate 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 will be directed by Jim Field Smith and will be exec produced by Patrick Spence. David Tennant is also listed as an executive producer.

Litvinenko will be 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 Litvinenkoís family.

Mark Bonnar will play Clive Timmons and Neil Maskell will play Brent Hyatt.

The press releases do not specify when the drama will go into production, nor an expected broadcast date.

It was first rumoured back on Monday 9th September 2019 that David Tennant may appear in a drama about Alexander Litvinenko.

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

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