The ITV series has cast the ‘Doctor Who’ star as the former Russian KBG officer who survived 22 days after being poisoned.
David Tennant, most well-known for his role as the Doctor in Doctor Who, will be playing former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in the new ITV drama series Litvinenko, according to an exclusive from Deadline. Lupin and Criminal writer George Kay will be the mind behind the true-crime series. Tennant, who recently took on the role of serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV’s Des, will star alongside Margarita Levieva who plays Litvinenko’s wife, Marina.
The four-part drama will tell the story of the former Russian Federal Security Services agent whose assassination by polonium poisoning in 2006 had the British nation in shock. Litvinenko’s death generated one of the most intricate and risky investigations that the Metropolitan Police had ever seen. Prior to his succumbing to the radioactive poison, Litvinenko managed to give detectives precise details of what had happened to him and other essential information from his hospital bed. Litvinenko’s final efforts were what ultimately led Scotland Yard to find the two men who had killed him. Litvinenko survived for 22 days after his poisoning with Polonium-210 in a London hotel room in November of 2006.