The series is being written by “Lupin” screenwriter George Kay and will focus predominantly on the investigation surrounding Alexander Litvinenko’s death. According to ITV, the series will also focus on Litvinenko’s widow Marina (“The Deuce” and “The Blacklist” star Margarita Levieva), who pressured the British government to publicly acknowledge the involvement of the Russian state in her husband’s death. ITV has reportedly created the series under ethical true crime practices, as “Litvinenko” was produced with the full support of many key players involved in the real-life investigation, including former New Scotland Yard officers, Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, in addition to Alexander Litvinenko’s remaining family.
Mark Bonnar (“Catastrophe,” “Quiz”) has been cast as Clive Timmons and is joined by Neil Maskell (“Small Axe,” “Utopia”) as Brent Hyatt. The series is being directed by Jim Field Smith (“Criminal,” “Endeavour”). Patrick Spence is executive producing the project for ITV Studios, in addition to Josephine Zapata Genetay for NENT Group, and Lucy Bedford for Tiger Aspect Productions. George Kay, Jim Field Smith, and David Tennant are also executive producing.
In the U.K., “Litvinenko” will stream exclusively on ITVX this December. The series will release on AMC+ in the U.S. and on Prime Video in Canada.