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Stephen: The Mur­der that Changed a Nation


Twenty-five years ago, 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death at a bus stop in Eltham, south Lon­don, by a gang of six white youths in an un­pro­voked attack. The mur­der sent shock waves through Bri­tish so­ci­ety – not least for the bat­tle that Stephen’s par­ents faced to over­come fail­ings in the Metropoli­tan Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion that left the killers free for years, and the sub­se­quent con­clu­sion of a pub­lic in­quiry, led by judge Wil­liam Macpher­son, that the force was in­sti­tu­tion­ally racist. This ab­sorb­ing three-part doc­u­men­tary – show­ing on con­sec­u­tive nights this week – from film-mak­ers James Ro­gan, Asif Ka­pa­dia and James Gay-Rees (the last two Os­car win­ners for their doc­u­men­tary about the late Amy Wine­house) sifts through the history and legacy of Bri­tain’s most no­to­ri­ous racially mo­ti­vated mur­der. Tonight’s open­ing part fo­cuses on the run-up to Stephen’s mur­der and the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, dur­ing which his par­ents Doreen and Neville re­mained baf­fled as to why no ar­rests were made. Ger­ard O’Dono­van CHAN­NEL 4, 9.00PM A one-off doc­u­men­tary fol­low­ing two dis­il­lu­sioned mil­len­ni­als who ditch dull lives and work­places to pur­sue their dreams. Katie turns her back on video-dis­tri­bu­tion in Lon­don to sad­dle up at a 550,000-acre ranch in Mex­ico, while Charlie swaps a call cen­tre in Brighton for salmon farm­ing on a re­mote Scot­tish loch. GO

The Mur­der that Changed a Nation

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