Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Eleven-year-old Rhys Jones was shot dead as he crossed a pub car park to walk home after football practice. This harrowing dramatisation of the 2007 murder and its aftermath is written by Jeff Pope (Mrs Biggs, and most recently The Moorside) and is typically crisp, assured and detailed.

Sinéad Keenan (Being Human) and Brían F O’Byrne are wrenchingly sad as Rhys’s parents Mel and Steve, whose ordered, comfortable life on a neat Liverpool estate is torn apart after the killing.

Some scenes are hard to watch, as the pair buckle with grief after the pointless, seemingly random death of their beloved Rhys, a devoted Everton supporter. There’s the most extraordinary sequence in the hospital mortuary when Mel tries to say goodbye to her boy, but cold protocol intervenes.

Stephen Graham is focused, dependable and kind as the police officer in charge of a complicated murder hunt fogged by lies, conspiracy and obfuscation.

Summary

Fact-based crime drama about the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Rhys Jones as he walked home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool, caught in the crossfire of a feud between rival gangs. Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly is charged with bringing his teenage killer to justice, but though the assailant's identity is well known, finding the evidence to charge him proves to be a far more difficult challenge. Stephen Graham stars.

Cast & Crew

Det Supt Dave Kelly Stephen Graham
Mel Jones Sinead Keenan
DCI Mark Guinness Stephen Walters
Marie Thompson Christine Tremarco
Asst Ch Const Pat Gallan Sara Powell
Claire Olssen Faye McKeever
Steve Jones Brían F O'Byrne
Rhys Jones Sonny Beyga
Steve Geoghagen Kent Riley
Owen Jones Matthew Roberts
Tony Edge Jay Johnson
Teenage girl Christina Bimpson
Young woman Clara Mbirimi
Trauma team leader Dr Kulbir Mann
Intensive care doctor Anil Bhalla
Trauma room nurse Amy Cooke-Hodgson
Anaesthetist Ross Little
Anaesthetist Nikki Russell
Carly Ellis Alicia Brockenbrow
Donna Kelly Laura Dos Santos
Mick Howard Corlett
Dave Kelly Jr Paddy Birkenhead
Jenny Kelly Megan Dawson
Nicky Kelly Olivia Manning
Debra Taylor Elizabeth Berrington
Neil Jones Neil Fitzmaurice
WDC Jackie Carter Jodie McNee
Kevin Moody Michael Moran
Kenny Richmond Andrew Schofield
Jordan Olssen Nathan Clark Smith
Janice Olssen Sylvie Gatrill
Sean Mercer Paddy Rowan
Nathan Quinn Jak Corrie
James Yates James Nelson-Joyce
Det Ch Supt Brian `Dixie' McNeill Dan Skinner
Arrested youth Danny Wilson
Morgue nurse Alicya Eyo
Police liaison officer Vanessa Emme
Sam Moody Michael Baker
Vida Moody Heather Bleasdale
Sandra Oxley Kerrie Hayes
Dr Paul Johnson Simon Fielder
DC Matt Parry Derek Barr
DC Danny Jones Robbie O'Neill
DI Martin Leahy John McGrellis
Dean Kelly Jack McMullen
Marie Yates Lizzie Hopley
Yates' solicitor Steve Gribbin
Paula Kelly Michelle Butterly
Jeanette Mercer Samantha Robinson
Mercer's solicitor Shaun Mason
Frank Yates Jack Lambert
Football commentator Clive Tyldesley
Everton FC stadium announcer Graeme White
Director Paul Whittington
Executive Producer Jeff Pope
Producer Kwadjo Dajan
Writer Jeff Pope
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