A new three-part sequel to ITV’s The Murder of Stephen Lawrence has been announced, entitled Stephen.
The original drama, which first aired in 1999, dramatised the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence's murder.
In April 1993, 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was killed in a racially motivated attack by a gang of youths in Eltham, south London.
When the initial investigation failed to convict those responsible for Stephen’s murder, his parents led an extraordinary campaign for justice, resulting in a public enquiry into the police investigation and led to sweeping changes to law enforcement and police practices in the UK.
ITV’s sequel will portray events from 2006, where Doreen and Neville Lawrence are still struggling to achieve justice six years on from the enquiry, with no progress having been made in the case.
Stephen will depict how the detective DCI Clive Driscoll, working closely with the Lawrences, managed to put together an investigation that secured the conviction of two of the gang members who murdered Stephen, 18 years after his death.
Neville Lawrence commented: “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”.
The original drama, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, will be repeated on Thursday 16th July on ITV.