SHARLENE WHYTE, Steve Coogan and Hugh Quarshie will play leading roles in Stephen, the three-part sequel to the groundbreaking single drama, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Stephen will be directed by Alrick Riley and produced by Madonna Baptiste.
The sequel is written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Cottrell Boyce (Treasure).
The drama serial will be produced by HTM Television and executive produced by Mark Redhead, who produced the original drama in 1999.
Paul Greengrass, award winning screenwriter and director, who wrote and directed the Murder of Stephen Lawrence will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio are also executive producers. Stephen will be produced in association with Baby Cow Productions.
Executive Producer Mark Redhead commented: “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.”
Sharlene Whyte takes the role of Doreen Lawrence with Hugh Quarshie reprising his performance of Neville Lawrence from the original award-winning drama.
BAFTA award winning and Golden Globe nominated actor Coogan takes the role of DCI Clive Driscoll who led the investigation into the murder of the Lawrences’ beloved son, Stephen.
The production team are producing this sequel with the full support of the Lawrence family, most notably Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.
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.
Alrick Riley who will direct each of the dramas three episodes said: “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, thirteen years after Stephen’s death on the evening of April 22, 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.
Producer Madonna Baptiste commented: “The Lawrences’ campaign for justice totally transformed attitudes to race and equality in the UK and it’s an honour to be able to help tell what is an untold chapter in their story.
“Current events only highlight how relevant and important Stephen’s case remains and it is such a privilege to work with Hattrick, Frank and Joe Cottrell-Boyce, Alrick Riley and our amazing cast to bring this important story to screen.”