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David Tennent to Play KGB Officer Alexander Litvinenko, Who Was Poisoned to Death, in a New Series — GeekTyrant

David Tennant is about to play former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who who was poisoned to demise, in a new drama sequence.

The sequence is titled Litvinenko, and it follows “determined 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 sequence additionally focuses on the story of Marina, who’s performed by Margarita Levieva (Blacklist), “Alexander’s fearless, dignified 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 will relate how in November 2006 two law enforcement officials had been referred to as to University College Hospital in London to interview a affected person in declining well being. The affected person was Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin.

During the police interviews, Litvinenko supplied meticulous particulars from his hospital bedside in regards to the occasions main up to his sickness. His data would finally assist detectives observe down two Russians who had poisoned Litvinenko with Polonium 210, a extremely poisonous radioactive substance.

The iconic {photograph} taken of Litvinenko at his bedside generated worldwide headlines, and after he was pronounced lifeless on November 23, Scotland Yard launched its homicide investigation.

Litvinenko is being made with the help of lots of the key people concerned in the investigation and subsequent public enquiry together with former Scotland Yard officers, Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, together with Ben Emmerson QC and Alexander’s household.

Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe) has additionally been cast in the sequence and can play Timmons, together with Neil Maskell (Small Axe), who’s enjoying Hyatt.

The sequence is written by George Kay (Lupin, Criminal and Killing Eve), and it will likely be directed by Jim Field Smith (Criminal). George Kay mentioned in a assertion, “In late 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was a living witness to his own murder. He spent his dying days entrusting the Metropolitan Police with the details of what happened to him. It took those police and his remarkable widow Marina Litvinenko a decade to have those claims ratified. Their stamina, hard work and bravery are what make this not only an essential story of our times but a privilege to be asked to write.”

Producer Patrick Spence mentioned, “This one is a privilege, a once in a career opportunity to tell a story about a family and a police team who have shown such courage and resilience that it has inspired us all.”

ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, added, “After David’s incredible performance as Dennis Nilsen I’m delighted he returns to ITV to play Alexander Litvinenko in the incredible story of his murder.  George Kay’s scripts are brilliant and this is an important story that documents a long police investigation and a powerful campaign for justice by his wife Marina.  It is going to make a compelling drama and I am proud to have it on ITV.”

The sequence will air on ITV in the UK and on NENT Group’s Viaplay streamer in the Nordics, Baltic area and the Netherlands. It might be distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

Source: Deadline

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