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Anne: A Drama About The Hillsborough Disaster Is Coming To ITV

Anne: A Drama About The Hillsborough Disaster Is Coming To ITV

Maxine Peake will star as victims justice campaigner Anne Williams.

A powerful new drama series about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster is set to air on ITV, covering the life of justice campaigner Anne Williams. 

Award-winning actress Maxine Peake will star as Anne, while Outlander actor Stephen Walters will portray Anne’s husband Steve Williams in the series Anne.

You can watch the trailer below:

Anne Williams, who sadly passed away back in 2013, dedicated her life to getting justice for the victims of the fatal disaster, after her own son Kevin was one of 97 football fans killed. 

The activist had famously rejected claims that football fans were to blame for the disaster, and fought to prove that the victims were unlawfully killed due to police negligence. 

An official ITV synopsis of the series reads: "Refusing to accept the coroner’s original verdict of accidental death, Anne was determined to unearth the truth about what happened at Hillsborough."

Maxine Peake as Anne Williams (

Anne sought new medical opinions, found witnesses who had tried to revive her son Kevin on the pitch, and lobbied ministers for new inquests. 

Anne fought for over 20 years, alongside the parents and relatives to prove that their loved ones had been unlawfully killed at the football match and often put campaigning before her own health and family.

Hillsborough Disaster, April 1989 (
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Ahead of the series launch, Maxine Peake spoke about taking on the role of the legendary activist on ITV's This Morning: "She never gave up. 

"There are times you see in the drama where she maybe felt like it, but she continued on. You felt she never got bitter.

"She was angry, but she channeled her anger and that’s what drover her forward. She was very dignified with it.

Hillsborough Disaster Campaigner Anne Williams. (

"She famously said: 'They’re trying to grind me down, but I’ll grind them down first.'"

Anne will also star Bobby Schofield, Lily Shepherd, and Clare Calbraith.

Episode one of the four-part drama series is set to air on ITV on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV And Film, ITV