Steve Coogan and Sharlene Whyte star in first look at Stephen Lawrence drama

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Photo credit: ITV

ITV has shared a first look at stars Steve Coogan, Sharlene Whyte and Hugh Quarshie in new drama Stephen.

The three-parter, which is a sequel to Paul Greengrass' 1999 film The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, sees Whyte (Small Axe) bring Stephen's mother Doreen to life, while Quarshie (Holby City) reprises the role of his father, Neville.

In the previous outing, Doreen was portrayed by Secrets & Lies actor Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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Photo credit: ITV

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Greengrass is also back as executive producer, working alongside Jimmy Mulville (Flack) and Line of Duty's Jed Mercurio. Alrick Riley (NCIS) is on board as director, working from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions and Joe Cottrell Boyce (Treasure).

Coogan, who is perhaps best known for playing comedy character Alan Partridge, stars as DCI Clive Driscoll who helped secure the conviction of those responsible for the death of the Lawrences' beloved son.

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Photo credit: HTM Television - ITV

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The show portrays events from 2006, thirteen years on from Stephen's death on April 22, 1993, when he was targeted in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham.

Despite knowing the identity of their child's killers, Doreen and Neville Lawrence struggled to get justice for their son, with the original investigation into the murder failing to convict those responsible.

Photo credit: LAURENCE CENDROWICZ - ITV
Photo credit: LAURENCE CENDROWICZ - ITV

Doreen and Neville's ongoing pursuit of justice led to a public inquiry that branded the Metropolitan Police as institutionally racist, which brought about changes to the law and police practices and transformed thinking and understanding of racial inequality in the UK.

Six years on from the Inquiry, however, no progress had been made in Stephen's case.

The new drama follows Doreen and Neville in their ongoing struggle to achieve justice and details how a detective – DCI Clive Driscoll, who had been working closely with the Lawrences – put together an investigation that finally secured the conviction of Stephen's murderers, 18 years after his death.

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Stephen is being made with the full support of the Lawrence family, including Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Dr Neville Lawrence, who have given the drama their blessing.

Stephen will air this autumn on ITV.

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