David Tennant is the star of the hard-hitting drama Litvinenko which follows the heartbreaking story of a former Russian spy who was poisoned in London. Alexander Litvinenko was a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and he died in a hospital after drinking green tea laced with a mysterious radioactive substance. Former Doctor Who actor Tennant has shared why he took on the “important” role with Express.co.uk.
The series will retell how two police officers were called to University College Hospital in London to interview a patient in declining health.
The patient was Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who claimed to have been poisoned on the direct orders of Putin.
Photos from his hospital bed, while he was dying, sent shockwaves around the globe.
The drama details the fight his wife, Marina Litvinenko, had to prove the guilt of those who poisoned him.
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In the opening episode, Litvinenko’s wife tells the detectives doctors are sceptical of his story.
However, his deteriorating physical condition is clear for the medics to see.
Over three heartbreaking days, the detectives interviewed Litvinenko who provided a detailed account of who he believed killed him.
He was convinced Putin was the person responsible for ordering his murder.