stephen: the mur­der that changed a Na­tion

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BBC1, 9pm

How­ever fa­mil­iar the facts con­cern­ing the mur­der of Stephen Lawrence in April 1993 may be, the shock and hor­ror never fades, nor the dis­be­lief about the fail­ures of the po­lice in in­ves­ti­gat­ing his killing.

To mark the 25th an­niver­sary of the bru­tal crime, a three-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries (con­tin­u­ing on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day) re­con­structs the saga as it un­folded over years, lead­ing even­tu­ally to a public in­quiry, changes in the law and far-reach­ing re­forms of the po­lice.

The open­ing episode fea­tures pre­vi­ously un­seen footage of Stephen, re­mind­ing us of the young man with an ebul­lient per­son­al­ity whose life was taken in an act of mind­less racism. While Stephen’s mother Doreen (above, with fa­ther Neville) speaks of her fury at how de­tec­tives treated the case as if it was her son who had been the crim­i­nal, his friend Duwayne Brooks shares his trau­ma­tised mem­o­ries of the fa­tal stab­bing. This is un­miss­able, un­for­get­table view­ing.

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