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Gripping Drama ‘The Murder of Stephen Lawrence’ Is Returning To ITV

Gripping Drama ‘The Murder of Stephen Lawrence’ Is Returning To ITV

A poignant drama centring on the murder of Stephen Lawrence which originally aired in the nineties is returning to ITV this summer.

Airing Thursday 16th July at 9pm, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence tells the story of the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence's murder through the eyes of his parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence.

Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, and first screened on ITV back in February 1999, the dramatisation stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Stephen's mother, Doreen, and Hugh Quarshie as his father, Neville.

David Calder, meanwhile, plays Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Paul Condon.

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Greengrass's two-hour dramatisation opens by recreating the night in April 1993 when the 18-year-old A-level student was murdered by a gang of white youths
Greengrass's two-hour dramatisation opens by recreating the night in April 1993 when the 18-year-old A-level student was murdered by a gang of white youths

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence tells the story of the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence's murder through the eyes of his parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence.

Greengrass's two-hour dramatisation opens by recreating the night in April 1993 when the 18-year-old A-level student was murdered by a gang of white youths in Eltham, south London.

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The drama then follows the family's fight to bring their 18-year-old son's killers to justice, including the public inquiry into the police investigation of the murder.

Based on extensive research and interviews, the drama exposes the flaws in the system that failed the Lawrences.

The producer is Mark Redhead with executive producers Jeff Pope and Yvette Vanson.

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When the dramatisation was originally broadcast, producer Mark Redhead said: "We are trying to show what the Lawrences went through which, understandably, may have got lost in the court cases and all the publicity.

"It's fair, accurate, and restrained. The programme is based on our own research and interviews, as well as on us going down to the inquiry."

In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening around the world, a re-screening of this powerful drama could not feel more timely.

'The Murder of Stephen Lawrence' will air Thursday 16th July at 9pm on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Drama, TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment, ITV

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.