The Murder of Stephen Lawrence: where to watch 1999 drama starring Hugh Quarshie as sequel Stephen airs on ITV

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Stephen begins on ITV on Monday evening and stars Steve Coogan, High Quarshie and Sharlene Whyte

ITV’s new drama series, Stephen, is set to begin on Monday (30 August) evening, telling the story of the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 2006.

The three-part series follows on from the 1991 TV movie, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, which was written and directed by Paul Greengrass.

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The TV movie starred Hugh Quarshie (Holby City) as Stephen’s father, Neville Lawrence, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Broadchurch) as his mother, Doreen Lawrence.

Quarshie reprised his role at Neville in Stephe, which also stars Steve Coogan (This Time with Alan Partridge) as DCI Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation. Sharlene Whyte (Small Axe) plays Doreen in the new drama.

Here’s where to watch the 1999 TV drama.

Where to watch 1999’s The Murder of Stephen Lawrence?

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence is available to watch on the ITV Hub.

The TV movie was re-broadcast on ITV on 16 July ahead of the new drama series.

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A live discussion programme entitled Stephen Lawrence: Has Britain Changed? Also aired on ITV immediately after the re-broadcast.

The TV movie was written by Paul Greengrass, and followed Stephen Lawrence’s parents, Doreen and Neville on their mission for justice.

Speaking about the re-broadcast, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, said: “I am pleased that The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence is being broadcast again.

“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.

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“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.”

Mr Lawrence said: “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 (BLM) campaign, concerns around institutional racism are so prominent.

What is ITV’s ‘Stephen’ about?

Stephen is set 16 years after ITV’s The Murder of Stephen of Lawrence, in 2006, a year after English law abolished “double jeopardy”, the idea that you could not be tried twice for the same charges.

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The campaign for justice in the Stephen Lawrence case spanned two decades, despite the murderers being identified soon after the murder.

The series will tell the story of Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville, and that of DCI Clive Driscoll, as they put together an investigation that finally secures the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder of Stephen.

When is ‘Stephen’ on TV?

Stephen is on ITV, Monday 30th August at 9:00pm.

It will also be available on the ITVHub.

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