Last Autumn, ITV announced the commission of Litvinenko, a four-part drama based on the true story of Alexander Litvinenko. To accompany the drama, ITV have now announced a one-hour long documentary which will air alongside the series later this year.
Litvinenko stars David Tennant as Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer whose death, from polonium poisoning in November 2006, triggered one of the most complex and dangerous investigations in the history of the Metropolitan Police.
Written by acclaimed screenwriter, George Kay (Lupin, Criminal), Litvinenko is the story of the determined Scotland Yard Officers who worked for ten years to prove who was responsible.
The drama also focuses upon the story of Marina, played by Margarita Levieva (The Deuce, The Blacklist), Alexander’s fearless, dignified widow who fought tirelessly to persuade the British Government to publicly name her husband’s killers and acknowledge the role of the Russian State in his murder.
In addition to the four-part drama, ITV will also screen a documentary titled 'Litvinenko: Murder In Mayfair. The one-off will reveal the previously untold story from experts working behind the scenes, who dealt with the murder inquiry. The documentary will also feature an interview with Alexander’s widow, Marina.
Screenwriter George Kay: “In late 2006, Alexander Litvinenko was a living witness to his own murder. He spent his dying days entrusting the Metropolitan Police with the details of what happened to him...
"It took those police and his remarkable widow Marina Litvinenko a decade to have those claims ratified. Their stamina, hard work and bravery are what make this not only an essential story of our times but a privilege to be asked to write.”
ITV's Polly Hill said: “After David’s incredible performance as Dennis Nilsen I’m delighted he returns to ITV to play Alexander Litvinenko in the incredible story of his murder. George Kay’s scripts are brilliant and this is an important story that documents a long police investigation and a powerful campaign for justice by his wife Marina. It is going to make a compelling drama and I am proud to have it on ITV.”
Both the drama and documentary will air later this year on ITV and ITVX.