Stephen’s viewers were heartbroken by the reconstruction of the murder of Stephen Lawrence in the new ITV drama.
The three-part series explores how the 18-year-old’s family fought for justice for 13 years after their son’s racist attack in 1993.
The killers were never found by police during the first interrogation, which led to a public inquiry into how they handled it.
It was later discovered that the force was institutionally racist.
In the first episode of the new series, DCI Clive Driscoll (Steve Cogan) raised the case in 2006 to try to get Stephen’s parents Doreen and Newell to get justice.
One scene in particular evoked a lot of emotion for the audience – when Driscoll asked DI Shan Cape (Jonjo O’Neill) to technically rebuild the attack via a PC called Theo.
The detective’s chief inspector explained to him that Stephen’s body was covered with bruises and bruises.
He had a knife wound to his right collar bone and another to his left shoulder.
He went through each witness’s statement and tried to find out how the injuries fit everyone.
His first relapse did not last long as he suffered less than half of Stephen’s injuries.
After he played again, it was clear that he hit the small copper home.
Drescall asked him: “Are you alright, Theo?”
Theo replied: “Yeah, only you know, I really hope you’ll nail them, that’s all.”
Viewers were moved by the horrific scenes, as one said on Twitter: “Wow. The attack happened again.”
Another wrote: “Great to think about – the re-creation scene was pretty cool.” Short attack “
A third added: “It’s horrible to see Stephen rebuild and see the intensity of the violence …”
Talking about the new drama, ITV said: “Although Doreen and Newell Lawrence knew the identities of their son’s killers, the original investigation failed to convict those responsible, and their extraordinary pursuit of justice. The campaign sparked a public inquiry that dubbed the Metropolitan Police, institutionally racist and made sweeping changes to the law and policing practices and changed thinking and understanding of racial inequality in Britain.
Six years after the inquiry, no progress has been made.
“The drama tells the story of Doreen and Newell Lawrence’s ongoing struggle for justice and how the detective, DCI Clive Drescall, works closely with Lawrence, an investigator who eventually died 18 years after his death. Later, the sentence is secured. Two of the group that killed Stephen. “
Stephen is airing on ITV on Monday, September 6 at 9pm.