Daily Express

Ten­nant lit up screen as Nilsen

- Dennis Nilsen

DAVID Ten­nant turned in a mas­terly per­for­mance on ITV as Den­nis Nilsen. But given the deep hor­ror of what Nilsen did, it is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that peo­ple have com­plained that the show en­cour­aged smok­ing be­cause as one wit put it, the only one not smok­ing was Nilsen’s dog.

It was a dif­fer­ent age, when there was a whole eti­quette around fa­cil­i­tat­ing smok­ing from the sup­ply of ash­trays for guests to urg­ing them to smoke from the host’s cig­a­rette box rather than their own cig­a­rette case. Now of course smok­ing in some­one else’s house is taboo.

The por­trayal of Nilsen by Ten­nant, above, could not re­al­is­ti­cally have been as a non- smoker.

Any­way, who would be en­cour­aged to smoke by watch­ing a se­rial killer do it?

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