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Stephen

  • Episode:

    3 of 3

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 13 Sep 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 37 2021 : Sat 11 Sep - Fri 17 Sep

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 01 Sep 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 3

Gary Dobson and David Norris stand trial for Stephen’s murder. The defence argue that potential cross contamination in the years since the murder makes forensic evidence unsafe.

The prosecution counter that the blood on Dobson’s jacket was wet when it soaked into the fabric, meaning the wearer must have been present at the attack. 

During a nerve wracking wait for the jury to return, Doreen tells Clive that whatever the verdict, the fight for justice will go on. 

The jury find Dobson and Norris guilty. The judge commends Clive and says he expects him to pursue the remaining suspects. Instead, Clive is forced into retirement. Doreen is outraged.

Clive reminds her that justice is bigger than his investigation.

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