David Tennant recreated the famous photograph of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko lying on his hospital bed before his death from poisoning.
itvinenko, a former employee of Russia’s federal security service and KGB officer, and outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, died in agony in November 2006 after ingesting a rare radioactive substance.
A new ITV drama series will explore the story of Metropolitan Police officers who investigated the case of Litvinenko, who was found in declining health at University College Hospital in London.
Litvinenko will be played by Tennant in the lead role of Doctor Who. His wife, Marina Litvinenko, will be played by Russian-American actress Margarita Levieva in The Deuce and The Blacklist.
ITV said former New Scotland Yard officers Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, along with Marina Litvinenko’s lawyer Ben Emmerson QC and the former spy’s family, helped with the production.
Mark Bonnar, best known for Panic and Quiz, will play Timmons, while Utopia’s Neil Maskell takes on the role of Hyatt.
In 2016, a public investigation in the UK concluded that Dmitri Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi, a Russian, intentionally poisoned Litvinenko by adding Polonium-210 to his drinks at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.
Led by former Supreme Court justice Sir Robert Owen, the investigation into the tea poisoning case “probably” was carried out with the approval of the Russian President.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) also ruled last year, following a lawsuit brought by Litvinenko’s widow, that Russia was responsible for his murder.
Russia has always denied any involvement in the deaths and refused to comply with international arrest warrants for Kovtun and Lugovoi.
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Sir Robert’s investigation said the use of radioactive material – which can only come from a nuclear reactor – was a “strong indication” of state involvement and that the two men may have acted under the direction of the Russian security service FSB, with which Litvinenko had worked.
Possible motives include Litvinenko’s work for British intelligence services after fleeing Russia, his criticism of the FSB, and his ties to dissidents Russia, while it is said that there is also a “personal dimension” to the antagonism between him and Putin.
Kovtun died in June of Covid-19 in Moscow, according to Russia’s state news agency Tass.
Litvinenko will stream exclusively on ITVX this December.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/david-tennant-recreates-photo-of-poisoned-alexander-litvinenko-lying-in-hospital-42125053.html David Tennant recreates the photo of Alexander Litvinenko being poisoned in the hospital