DES fans have been left ‘scared to sleep’ after watching David Tennant as killer Dennis Nilsen.
The ITV drama focuses on the notorious serial killer, who murdered more than a dozen men at his London home from 1978 until 1983.
David, 49, gives a chilling performance as Dennis, so much so, some have been left unable to sleep.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again Face screaming in fearwatching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK Sleeping symbol is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep."
Another tweeted David's co-star Daniel Mays, who plays the detective in charge of the case, DCI Jay: "@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!"
A third added: "I can attest that reading Dennis Nilsen’s Wikipedia page before turning in doesn’t make for a great night’s sleep. #Des."
It's no surprise that viewers couldn't sleep, after chilling scenes saw Dennis defend necrophilia after carrying out despicable acts with the corpses.
Brian Masters – Dennis' biographer – asks the killer about having sex with the bodies of his victims.
Dennis insisted it "wasn't about sex" and accused Brian of trying to find "simple answers".
But Brian – played by Jason Watkins – replied: "I'm not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died."
Dennis then chillingly replied: "No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.
"Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn't penetrate them.
"The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I'll be properly punished for it."
He continued: "What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you're more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down."
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