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Stephen: First Look At ITV's New Drama On The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence

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Stephen: First Look At ITV's New Drama On The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence

ITV has released a first look at upcoming new drama series Stephen.

The three-part series follows on from the channel's heartbreaking 1999 drama The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, which dramatised the infamous events of April 22nd, 1993 where 18-year-old Stephen was murdered by a group of thugs in a racially-motivated attack.

You can watch the teaser trailer below.

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Stephen will now focus on events from 2006, 13 years after Stephen's death. While Stephen's parents, Doreen and Neville, knew the identity of the killers - with the failings of the first investigation and their campaign for justice seeing the Met Police branded 'institutionally racist' - no progress had been made on the case.

Detective DCI Clive Driscoll decides to work closely with the family to try and nail down Stephen's killers, putting together an investigation that sees two of the gang responsible for Stephen's death put behind bars.

Sharlene Whyte, who recently starred in Steve McQueen's Small Axe series, will star as Doreen Lawrence, while BAFTA-winning actor Steve Coogan will play DCI Clive Driscoll. Holby City star Hugh Quarshie will reprise his role as Stephen's dad, Neville.

Steve Coogan will play DCI Driscoll (Credit: ITV)
Steve Coogan will play DCI Driscoll (Credit: ITV)
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The drama, expected to air on ITV later this year, will has been produced by Line of Duty showrunner Jed Mercurio's production company, Hat Trick Mercurio. Mercurio will also serve as Stephen's executive producer, alongside Jimmy Mulville and Mark Redhead.

Stephen has been made with the permission of the Lawrence family, most notably Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.

Stephen Lawrence's death rocked Britain (Credit: HTM for ITV)
Stephen Lawrence's death rocked Britain (Credit: HTM for ITV)

Speaking about the series, Mark Redhead explained: "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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Stephen airs on ITV later this year.

Featured Image Credit: HAT TRICK FOR ITV

Topics: TV News, TV & Film, ITV

Kimberley Bond
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