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ITV orders Yorkshire Ripper drama following huge success of Des

Des ITV sees David Tennant as killer Dennis Nilsen
David Tennant as killer Dennis Nilsen in recent ITV drama Des (Image credit: ITV)

The Yorkshire Ripper is one of the most shocking serial killer cases in the world...

ITV has commissioned a Yorkshire Ripper drama following the phenomenal success of Des and White House Farm.

The new six-part true crime drama will depict the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers, Peter Sutcliffe.

Sutcliffe went on to become dubbed The Yorkshire Ripper by the press.

ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill, has commissioned the drama, which will be written by George Kay.

The Yorkshire Ripper will be produced by New Pictures, the people who brought us Des and White House Farm.

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ITV's Des was a huge success (Picture: ITV)

Peter Sutcliffe is currently serving serving life in prison for the murder of 13 victims and the attempted murder of 7 others.

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Between October 1975 and January 1981, police undertook the biggest manhunt in British criminal history.

The search for Sutcliffe lasted five years, involved over a thousand officers and changed the way the British police worked forever.

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Freddie Fox played Jeremy Bamber in another of ITV's successful crime dramas, White House Farm (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Following in the footsteps of ITV's Des

ITV saw huge success with their true crime drama, Des, with more than 10 million viewers tuning in to watch David Tennant portray the serial killer.

The drama, which has become the broadcaster's biggest drama of 2o2o so far, focuses on the 1983 arrest of Dennis Nilsen, who killed at least 12 men in London in the 70s and 80s.

Actor David Tennant also received high praise for his portrayal of the serial killer.

Another ITV true crime drama, White House Farm, also received rave reviews back in January.

Nilsen with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay (Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays) in ITV's Des

The Yorkshire Ripper promises to be a huge success like ITV drama, Des (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

The drama followed the real life crime that saw a family of five found murdered in their Essex farmhouse.

The six-part drama then went on to follow the subsequent arrest of Jeremy Bamber, who first called the police.

It is yet to be revealed who will star in The Yorkshire Ripper, with details due to be announced as filming starts.

Speaking of The Yorkshire Ripper coming to ITV, Polly Hill said: "This promises to be a definitive look at this infamous case, and will be sensitively dramatised for ITV by this formidable team, who have a proven track record in bringing these true stories to screen."

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

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