ITV's new drama Little Boy Blue continues tonight: From the cast to a first look, here's all you need know.
Based on a real life story that shocked a nation, ITV's new powerful four-part factual drama comes from BAFTA winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope (Appropriate Adult, The Widower).
The series - which airs at 9PM on Mondays - centres on the devastating impact on a city of an innocent child’s murder amid a wave of gang violence.
Little Boy Blue focuses on the shocking murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007. It explores parents Melanie’s and Steve’s ordeal, and tells the story of how Rhys’s murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.
Sean Mercer was eventually found guilty of murdering Rhys, sentenced to 22-years-to-life, while a number of others were jailed for up to 12 years for their involvement.
Rhys' parents Melanie and Steve Jones support the making of this drama, which is based on careful research.
Little Boy Blue cast
Stephen Graham (Taboo, This is England) takes the role of Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly who led the investigation into Rhys’s murder on behalf of Merseyside Police, while Sinead Keenan (Being Human) and Brian F. O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby, Prime Suspect) play Melanie and Steve Jones.
Filmed on location in Liverpool and the North West, Little Boy Blue is produced by Kwadjo Dajan (Cilla, Mrs Biggs, Appropriate Adult) and directed by Paul Whittington (The Moorside, Cilla, The Widower, Mrs Biggs).
In the third episode this evening, when potential witness Claire Olssen (Faye McKeever) is intimidated into changing her statement, the investigation team look for alternative ways to reinforce their case.
As Steve (Brían F. O’Byrne) returns to work, Kelly (Stephen Graham) is offered a deal that tests his resolve.
Little Boy Blue airs at 9PM tonight on ITV.