Little Boy Blue, ITV: cast, locations and everything else you need to know

Jennifer ruby
True crime: Sinead Keenan as Mel Jones and Sonny Beyga as Rhys Jones in Little Boy Blue: ITV

ITV’s brand new true crime drama tells the tragic story of schoolboy, Rhys Jones, who was murdered in Liverpool back in 2007.

Starring Stephen Graham, Sinead Keenan and Brían F. O’Byrne, the four-parter has been penned by BAFTA-winning screenwriter and producer, Jeff Pope.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. What’s it about?

The harrowing drama follows the real life story of 11-year-old Rhys, who was shot and killed by 16-year-old Sean Mercer when he opened fire on a rival gang 10 years ago.

Telling the story of how Jones' murderer and associates were brought to justice, the programme focuses on the ordeal of his parents and the impact on the city.

Rhys’ parents, Melanie and Steve Jones, have supported the making of the drama.

Harrowing: Stephen Graham plays Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly (ITV)

2. Who’s in it?

This is England actor Graham takes on the role of Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly who led the investigation into Rhys’s murder on behalf of Merseyside Police.

Graham said: “This story is not just specific to Liverpool. It’s universal. The incident happened in Liverpool so it’s about that togetherness and coming together as a community and as people. But these kind of things were happening in London, in Birmingham, Manchester.”

Keenan plays Rhy’s mother Melanie, while O’Byrne plays his father, Steve.

3. Where is it filmed?

Little Boy Blue was shot on location in Liverpool and the North West and has been produced by Kwadjo Dajan (Appropriate Adult, Cilla).

Mrs Biggs director Paul Whittington, who made The Moorside and Cilla, is helming the project.

4. When is it on?

Little Boy Blue is on tonight at 9pm on ITV1.

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