David Tennant has described lockdown as a "leveller" while also getting the boot in on the current British government.

The 49-year-old actor drew parallels with the late 1970s and early 80s setting of his new drama Des, in which he plays serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

He told the Big Issue magazine: "If we're about to plunge into this recession, the likes of which we have never known, then that will expose all the flaws in our society.

"And I don't feel comforted by the fact that we've got, just like in 1979, a rather alarming right-wing government again. The echoes are pretty worrying."

He said: "The world through which Dennis Nilsen walked and wreaked his havoc - I think we're closer to it now than we have been for a long time.

"We've got to be alert to that as a society. We've got to be very aware that there are dangers and that there are people who are going to be more vulnerable than they should be in the coming months....

"As a society, we have to find ways of providing resources for helping people."

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While calling for more "kindness" for those who are vulnerable, the Scottish star also said that "this lockdown has been a great leveller".

"Suddenly everyone's been in the same boat because you can't escape a virus by being well off. It brings us all together," he said.

"And hopefully that allows us all to have a better understanding of the equality of the individual, which in turn allows us to just think with a bit more kindness and understanding than we've been famous for as a society up to now."

Discussing his new drama, he said the aim is "memorialising the victims" and not to give the killer "control of the narrative."

"This is about actual people who lost their lives, and this is about a failure of society," he said of the drama.

And he added: "It's important we understand that he was one of us. We are all the same animal that Dennis Nilsen was...

"It's not a sort of horror movie where Freddy Krueger is something from another dark dimension. Nilsen walked amongst us and therefore we as a society are responsible for him."