ITV announces The Murder of Stephen Lawrence sequel series tackling hate crime and police racism

ITV have announced a sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, tackling the hard-hitting subjects of hate crime and police racism.

The three-part series follows on 13 years from Stephen's death and his parents' continued battle for justice.

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, 24-Hour Party People) and Joe Cottrell Boyce (Treasure), it will be directed by Alrick Riley (Hustle, NCIS) and produced by Madonna Baptiste (The Stranger, Black Mirror, Silent Witness).

It has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Stephen was killed on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

Simply titled Stephen, the serial will follow the tireless campaigning by his parents Doreen and Neville Lawrence, who even though they knew the identity of their son’s killers, watched as the original investigation failed to convict those responsible.

Their battle for justice led to a public inquiry which branded Metropolitan Police institutionally racist and brought about sweeping changes in the law and police practices.

The drama tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice and how one detective, DCI Clive Driscoll put together an investigation that finally – more than 18 years after his death – secured the convictions of two of the gang who killed Stephen.

Both Doreen and Neville have given their full support to the project.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence said: "Though the events portrayed in the film took place many years ago they are even more relevant today. I am aware that the experience of police racism that we suffered as a family has been the experience of many in the UK.

"I hope that the film and the drama which has been commissioned will provide some insight into what we went through and give some hope to others that justice can eventually prevail."

Neville said: "I welcome the announcement of this new TV series by ITV, made with members of the same team who wrote and produced the 1999 original drama. That first film was important in telling Stephen’s story.

"It is important that the next part of the story is told, particularly at a time when, thanks to the Black Lives Matter campaign, concerns around institutional racism are so prominent."

1999 drama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence starred Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Hugh Quarshie as Stephen's parents but the cast of the sequel to still to be announced.

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