Steve Coogan is preparing to take on the role of DCI Clive Driscoll in a new drama about the family of Stephen Lawrence and their fight for justice.
The actor will play the real-life detective who led the investigation that saw two of Stephen’s killers convicted 18 years after his death.
On April 22, 1993, aspiring architect Stephen was stabbed to death by a group of five white men who launched an unprovoked attack as he waited at a bus stop with a friend in Eltham, southeast London.
Two people were convicted over the murder, but Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said it is a ‘matter of huge regret’ that the remaining suspects were not brought to justice.
The three-part ITV series will focus on the Lawrence family in the years after Stephen’s death.
It will be a sequel to 1999’s The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. The original drama was written and directed by Paul Greengrass and starred Ashley Walters as Stephen. Paul acts as executive producer on the new series.
Small Axe star Sharlene Whyte will play Doreen Lawrence, with Hugh Quarshie reprising his role from The Murder of Stephen Lawrence as Neville Lawrence.
ITV said the three episodes are being produced ‘with the full support of the Lawrence family, most notably Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing’.
The series ‘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’.
Director Alrick Riley said: ‘Current events only highlight how relevant and important Stephen’s case remains. The case of Stephen Lawrence is a testament to the fortitude, persistence and determination of the Lawrence family.’
He added: ‘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 Lawrences over the years it took to achieve two convictions. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to tell their story.’
A release date has yet to be announced for the new drama.
Credit: Original article published here.