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Series 1 - Episode 4
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The collision of two diametrically opposite worlds is never more apparent than when 11-year-old Rhys Jones’s murderer goes on trial. Rhys’s kind, polite parents sit in court, listening to the most harrowing evidence with all the dignity they can muster, while their son’s killer and his associates smirk, giggle, chat and throw paper aeroplanes in the dock. When they are convicted one of them yells, “All this for some f***ing kid.”
Yet it’s Rhys’s mother Mel (Sinéad Keenan, who will break your heart) who is given a message from the judge: if she can’t stop crying can she please leave the court – her tears might influence the jury.
After the verdicts, Jeff Pope’s piercingly sad fact-based drama keeps the focus on Rhys’s parents Mel and Steve whose marriage is ruptured. Why doesn’t she go back to work, to feel normal again, he asks her. “Because I don’t want to feel normal!” comes the angry reply.
Mercer and his associates are tried for their roles in the killing of 11-year-old Rhys Jones, but the verdict fails to bring closure for the boy's parents Melanie and Steve as the fractures in their relationship come to a head. Meanwhile an unexpected setback leaves Det Supt Dave Kelly with a tough decision to make. The concluding part of the fact-based drama centred on the devastating impact of a child's murder amid a wave of gang violence in Liverpool, starring Stephen Graham, Sinead Keenan and Brían F O'Byrne. Last in the series.
Cast & Crew
Det Supt Dave Kelly
DCI Mark Guinness
Asst Ch Const Pat Gallan
Brían F O'Byrne
Nathan Clark Smith
Senior Crown Prosector Helen Morris
Dr Paul Johnson
WDC Jackie Carter
DC Danny Jones
Dave Kelly Jr
Laura Dos Santos
Police liaison officer
Paul Smith Jr
Neil Flewitt QC
Mr Justice Stephen Irwin
Richard Pratt QC
Prof Peter French
Barrister Gordon Harrison
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