The friend and former pen pal of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen showed Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway and Alex Beresford his famous glasses, which she was given after his death in 2018.

ITV aired a new drama this week, Des, based on his killings and the police investigation into the murders he committed.

Actor David Tennant portrayed the killer, with friend Andrea Kubinova confessing it was like "seeing a ghost".

Now, she has spoken out about their friendship, with her being given some of his ashes and his famous spectacles when he died.

She still has them, and had them next to her during her live interview on GMB on Friday, with her showing them to the camera.

Dennis Nilsen's pen pal Andrea Kubinova told GMB she still has the killer's glasses

Asked why she had kept them, with Alex stating some viewers might find it "creepy", she compared his death to anyone losing a friend.

She said: "Yes, I have them right here. The glasses. You have to think about it as a normal friendship.

"Forget about all those killings, forget about the profanity of those crimes.

Dennis Nilsen was a convicted mass murderer

"To me he was just a friend. Is it not normal to have a memory of a friend who passed away?"

On what Dennis was like in real life, she went on: "Ordinary, he came across as a normal old man.

"He was a bit annoyed because I was late for a visit. But afterwards he could see I was nervous and he did everything he could to make me feel comfortable – joking around, he was laughing. He was just friendly.

David Tennant played Dennis Nilsen in ITV drama Des

"He came across as a nice person. I know it’s odd in the context, but yeah he was."

The pair often shared letters and opened up to each other, with Andrea also drawing a picture of his beloved dog Bleep.

Asked by Kate and Alex whether she thought of his victims and their families when building a friendship with him, she said watching the documentary was "difficult".

GMB hosts Kate and Alex asked whether she thought of his victims and their families

She said: "Course I do. I did watch the documentary yesterday.

"It was heart-breaking seeing all of those people speaking about their loved ones. It was difficult."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.