Steve Coogan to star in ITV sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence
Steve Coogan is to star in a new ITV drama about murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the three-part drama - called Stephen - will be a sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and will be produced by HTM, co-owned by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio.
Stephen will portray events from 2006, 13 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.
Coogan will play DCI Clive Driscoll, who led the investigation into the murder. Sharlene Whyte (Small Axe, We Hunt Together) takes the role of Stephen's mother Doreen Lawrence, with Hugh Quarshie (Breeders, Absentia, White Heat, Holby City) reprising his performance of Neville Lawrence from the original award-winning drama.
Mark Redhead, Executive Producer, said: “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.”
Stephen will be directed by Alrick Riley (The Cops, NCIS and Hustle) and produced by Madonna Baptiste (The Stranger, Black Mirror, Silent Witness). The sequel is written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hilary and Jackie, Millions, 24-Hour Party People) and his son Joe Cottrell Boyce (Treasure).
Paul Greengrass, who wrote and directed the Murder of Stephen Lawrence, will also serve as an Executive Producer alongside Jimmy Mulville and Jed Mercurio. Stephen will be produced in association with Baby Cow Productions.
Producer Madonna Baptiste said: “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.”