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Stephen

  • Episode:

    2 of 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 06 Sep 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 36 2021 : Sat 04 Sep - Fri 10 Sep

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 25 Aug 2021

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Series overview

Sharlene Whyte, Steve Coogan and Hugh Quarshie play leading roles in Stephen, the three-part sequel to the groundbreaking ITV drama, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Sharlene Whyte (Small Axe, We Hunt Together) takes the role of Doreen Lawrence with Hugh Quarshie (Breeders, Absentia, White Heat, Holby City) reprising his performance of Neville Lawrence from the original award-winning drama.  BAFTA award winning actor Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie, Philomena) takes the role of DCI Clive Driscoll who led the investigation into the murder of the Lawrences’ beloved son, Stephen.

Stephen portrays events from 2006, thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of 22 April 1993 in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham. 

Even though Doreen and Neville Lawrence knew the identity of their son’s killers, the original investigation had failed to convict those responsible, and their extraordinary campaign for justice led to a public inquiry which branded Metropolitan Police institutionally racist and 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 no progress had been made into the case. The drama tells the story of the ongoing struggle by Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice and how a detective, DCI Clive Driscoll – working closely with the Lawrences – puts together an investigation that finally – more than 18 years after his death – secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen. 

Episode 2

Clive tries to win back Doreen’s trust after details of the investigation are leaked to the press. Doreen feels that there are people inside the Metropolitan police who do not want him to succeed.

As well as reassuring the family, Clive needs to win back the confidence of key witnesses whose co-operation will be vital if the case goes to trial.

During a service on the 15th anniversary of the murder, Clive receives news that Stephen’s blood has been found on one of the suspect’s clothing.

Despite this breakthrough, Clive’s team need to prove the integrity of the chain of evidence before they can make arrests; a task complicated by the incompetence of previous
investigations.

Cast

Doreen Lawrence - SHARLENE WHYTE
DCI Clive Driscoll - STEVE COOGAN
Neville Lawrence - HUGH QUARSHIE
Stuart Lawrence - JORDEN MYRIE
Georgina Lawrence - YASMIN MWANZA
Duwayne Brooks - RICHIE CAMPBELL
Imran Khan - ADIL RAY
Cressida Dick - SIAN BROOKE
DI Shaun Keep - JONJO O’NEILL
Angela Gallop - NANCY CARROLL