ITV announces casting for new drama about the murder of Stephen Lawrence

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Handout - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

ITV has announced the casting for a sequel to groundbreaking 1999 drama about the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Three part series Stephen will begin filming later this month in London, and is being made with the full support of the Lawrence family; Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.

Sharlene Whyte (Small Axe) will play Baroness Lawrence, Hugh Quarshie (Holby City) will reprise his role as Dr Neville Lawrence, and Steve Coogan (Philomena) will play DCI Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation into Stephen’s murder.

The series will follow the events thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, in Eltham.

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It will be directed by Alrick Riley (The Cops, NCIS and Hustle) and produced by Madonna Baptiste (The Stranger, Black Mirror, Silent Witness). Paul Greengrass, award winning screenwriter and director, who wrote and directed The Murder of Stephen Lawrence will also serve as an Executive Producer. Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio are also executive producers.

Executive Producer Mark Redhead says, "It’s a privilege to be working with Doreen and Neville Lawrence to tell this chapter of the story of their campaign for justice for Stephen. It’s a story that moves and inspires and is ever more resonant and relevant today.

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

"The case of Stephen Lawrence is a testament to the fortitude, persistence and determination of the Lawrence family,” explains director Alrick Riley. “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. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to tell their story."

A statement from ITV explains: "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.

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Photo credit: Eamonn M. McCormack - Getty Images

"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.

Madonna Baptiste, the series producer, says, "The Lawrences’ campaign for justice totally transformed attitudes to race and equality in the UK and it’s an honour to be able to help tell what is an untold chapter in their story."

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