Everything you need to know about where #Des on ITV was filmed and set

DES will be landing on ITV on September 14 and the drama tells the real-life story of serial murderer, Dennis Nilsen. Where was Des filmed? Where is it set?

PUBLISHED: 07:29, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:30, Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Des is a new three-part drama series on ITV, and it documents the arrest and conviction of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen. David Tennant takes on the titular character, who murdered a number of young men at his two homes in London. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about where the series was filmed and set.

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Where is Des set?

Des is based on the true story of Scottish former civil servant Dennis Nilsen, who was also known as The Muswell Hill Murderer.

Nilsen murdered at least 12 men between the years 1978 and 1983 in London, and the series is set during this time period.

Viewers will notice the time period from details such as costumes and the decor inside Nilsen's two homes - in Cranley Gardens and Melrose Avenue, London.

Part of the series is also set at the prison in which Nilsen spent the earlier part of his lifelong sentence - Wormwood Scrubs.

The three-part drama follows the investigation right through from Nilsen's arrest to the moment he is sentenced after a jury reached a majority guilty verdict.

Viewers will also get insight into how the police dealt with the high profile case and the pressures they were under, with Daniel Mays playing DCI Peter Jay.

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Des on ITV: The series is set in LondonDes on ITV: The series was filmed in and around London (Image: ITV)

Des on ITV: The real Cranley GardensDes on ITV: Nilsen's home in Cranley Gardens (Image: Getty)

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While the motive for the murders has never been revealed, many of Nilsen's victims were either homeless or homosexual.

The series shows how the economic climate during this time impacted the men Nilsen came to manipulate and kill.

Lewis Arnold, who directed the series, told Express.co.uk and other media: "In terms of setting up the economic crisis and 1983, that opening came about because... the victims are absent and all we get is what Dennis was telling us.

"So it was to establish who they were and why they were victims."

Viewers will notice real-life archive footage from news reports at the time of the investigation have been used to

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