HTM Television is honoured to be producing Stephen, a new three-part drama for ITV about Doreen and Neville Lawrence’s astonishing crusade to achieve justice for their son. A sequel to the BAFTA-award-winning drama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, the new miniseries will take place in 2006, thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack. Starring Sharlene Whyte, Steve Coogan and Hugh Quarshie.
Even though the Lawrences knew within days the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible. The Lawrences’ extraordinary campaign for justice led to a Public Inquiry which branded the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist, 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, the Lawrences still had not achieved what they wanted above all - justice for Stephen. This drama will tell the story of the ongoing campaign and how a detective, DCI Clive Driscoll – working closely with Doreen and Neville Lawrence – finally puts together an investigation that secures the convictions of two of the gang that killed Stephen.
Directed by Alrick Riley, produced by Madonna Baptiste and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Cottrell Boyce. Mark Redhead and Paul Greengrass, who produced The Murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1999, worked on Stephen as Executive Producers alongside Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio.
Distributed by Hat Trick International.