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Masterpiece Theatre; Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, The

The Murder of Stephen Lawrence

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Masterpiece Theatre
Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, The
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

The gritty and intense docudrama The Murder of Stephen Lawrence represents a radical departure in storytelling for ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre. The two-hour presentation is markedly effective in its depiction of the senseless murder of an innocent young man and the pursuit of justice that followed. The 1993 murder, its investigation, and the subsequent public inquiry unfold exactly as Stephen's parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence -- played by Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets and Lies) and Hugh Quarshie (A Respectable Trade) -- experienced it. Their struggle to find out the truth about what happened to their son forms the heart of this gripping story.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed August 11, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_EC161670C40449ECBF38519F58347934.
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