Steve Coogan and Hugh Quarshie to front new ITV drama about murder of Stephen Lawrence

Steve Coogan and Hugh Quarshie to front new ITV drama about murder of Stephen Lawrence

STEVE Coogan and Hugh Quarshie are set to front new ITV drama about the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The two actors will join Sharlene Whyte to take on leading roles in the upcoming three-part series, Stephen.

It follows on from the ground-breaking single drama, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, which was released in 1999.

Stephen, based on the real-life murder of Stephen Lawrence – will be directed by Alrick Riley and produced by Madonna Baptiste, with the script penned by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Cottrell Boyce.

Whyte takes the role of Stephen's mum Doreen, with Quarshie reprising his performance of Stephen's dad Neville from the original award-winning drama.

Coogan will play the role of DCI Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation into the murder of the couple's son, Stephen.

Richie Campbell, Jordan Myrie, Sian Brooke and Adil Ray will also take roles in the production, which will commence filming later this month in London.

The production team are producing the sequel with the full support of the Lawrence family, who have given the drama their blessing.

Executive Producer Mark Redhead said in a statement: “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."

Alrick added: "The case of Stephen Lawrence is a testament to the fortitude, persistence and determination of the Lawrence family. These films will chart the successes, disappointments and the emotional toll they endured.

"It’s also the story of Clive Driscoll, the lead detective, who managed to forge a friendship with the Lawrence’s over the years it took to achieve two convictions. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to tell their story."

Stephen will portray events from 2006, 13 years after Stephen’s death in April 1993 in a racially motivated attack while he was waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

The original investigation failed to convict those responsible, and Doreen and Neville's campaign for justice led to a public inquiry by retired judge Sir William Macpherson, who labelled London's Metropolitan Police as "institutionally racist".

When the sequel was announced last July, 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."

1999 drama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence starred Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Doreen Lawrence.

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