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ITV Working On New Three-Part Drama About Stephen Lawrence

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ITV Working On New Three-Part Drama About Stephen Lawrence

ITV is working on a new three-part drama about the investigation into the death of Stephen Lawrence.

The show, titled Stephen, is a sequel the 1999 drama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and will follow events from 2006 - 13 years after Stephen was murdered in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, London.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The new drama will be written by Frank and Joe Cottrell Boyce and the show's creators have the full support of the Lawrence family, including Stephen's mum Baroness Doreen Lawrence and dad Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.

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Sharlene Whyte will be playing the role of Baroness Lawrence, alongside Hugh Quarshie who will reprise his role as Neville and Steve Coogan, who will appear as DCI Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation.

Adil Ray, Sian Brooke, Richie Campbell and Jordan Myrie are also set to star.

Production is set to kick off later this month in London.

A synopsis from ITV reads: "Stephen will portray events from 2006, thirteen years after Stephen's death on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

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Baroness Doreen Lawrence speaking to the media after Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for Stephen's murder. Credit: PA
Baroness Doreen Lawrence speaking to the media after Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for Stephen's murder. Credit: PA

"Even though Doreen and Neville Lawrence knew the identity of their son's killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible, and their extraordinary campaign for justice led to a public inquiry which branded Metropolitan Police institutionally racist and brought about sweeping changes in the law and police practices and transformed thinking and understanding of racial inequality in the UK.

"Yet six years on from the Inquiry, no progress had been made into the case.

"The drama tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice and how a detective, DCI Clive Driscoll - working closely with the Lawrences - puts together an investigation that finally - more than 18 years after his death - secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen."

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Alrick Riley, who will direct the three-parter, said: "The case of Stephen Lawrence is a testament to the fortitude, persistence and determination of the Lawrence family.

Neville Lawrence, Stephen's father. Credit: PA
Neville Lawrence, Stephen's father. Credit: PA

"These films will chart the successes, disappointments and the emotional toll they endured.

"It's also the story of Clive Driscoll, the lead detective, who managed to forge a friendship with the Lawrence's over the years it took to achieve two convictions.

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"It's an honour to have the opportunity to tell their story."

Featured Image Credit: Metropolitan Police

Topics: TV and Film, UK

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