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The Best Episodes of Des

Every episode of Des ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Des!

The story of one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Told through the prism of three men, the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Des" is "Episode 1", rated 8.1/10 from 934 user votes. It was directed by Lewis Arnold and written by Luke Neal. "Episode 1" aired on 9/14/2020 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Episode 3".

  • Episode 1
    8.1/10 934 votes

    #1 - Episode 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2020-09-14

    On 9 February 1983, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay discovers a drain clogged with rotting flesh and bones. The culprit, Dennis Nilsen, freely admits to the police that it's not just one or two bodies, but "15 or 16, I think".

    Director: Lewis Arnold

    Writer: Luke Neal

  • Episode 3
    7.9/10 745 votes

    #2 - Episode 3

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2020-09-16

    Reeling from Des' change in plea, Jay and the police throw themselves into proving premeditation. If they can show the court that Des was undoubtedly of sound mind when he committed his crimes, he will go down and never be released.

    Director: Lewis Arnold

    Writer: Kelly Jones

  • Episode 2
    7.8/10 790 votes

    #3 - Episode 2

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2020-09-15

    With limited resources, Jay and the police continue to dig into Nilsen's memories in an effort to convict him for the murder of every one of his victims. But when Des withdraws his cooperation and stops talking, Jay fears justice will be lost.

    Director: Lewis Arnold

    Writer: Luke Neal