The father of Stephen Lawrence was left in tears over the new drama on his son’s death.
Stephen begins tonight on ITV, starring Sharlene Whyte, Hugh Quarshie and Steve Coogan, and will focus on the parents of the murdered teenager as they battle to get justice for their son.
Lawrence was killed at the age of 18, in 1993, in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, with Gary Dobson and David Norris finally convicted for his murder nearly two decades later, after a series of failed police investigations.
Doreen and Neville Lawrence have continued their fight for justice, highlighting the failings of the police at the time.
A new three-part series begins tonight, and focuses on the case 13 years after his death, with a new team pulled in to find those responsible for the killing, led by detective Clive Driscoll (Steve Coogan).
Speaking of the series in a clip on Good Morning Britain, Neville couldn’t believe what an incredible job Hugh had done at portraying him.
Neville was in tears over Hugh’s portrayal of him (Picture: ITV)
‘At one stage I was looking at him and I thought that was me actually there,’ he enthused.
‘He’s done a really good job, I’m really proud of what he’s done. I commend all the actors and actresses who were part of it, I think it’s brilliant.
‘At one stage, tears were running out of my eyes, I was saying, “how can that be me in a film when I’m sitting here watching?”
‘It was so really, really good.’
Stephen, starring Hugh Quarshie, Steve Coogan and Sharlene Whyte, begins tonight (Picture: ITV)
Hugh, who was appearing on this morning’s instalment, was thrilled with his response.
‘It’s the greatest tribute for Neville to say that when he was watching me, he saw himself,’ he told presenters Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher.
‘It’s much more to direct attention to him, but also to the theme of the whole series which is about justice. About justice being delayed, justice being denied.
‘This was a family that suffered a needless tragedy but then put their faith in the institution, and in the police, and in the courts, and they were badly let down.’
Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays, at 6am, on ITV.