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Viewers were left absolutely heartbroken by Damilola, Our Loved Boy

The real life story of Damilola Taylor was turned into a tear-jerking drama by the BBC

Published: Tuesday, 8th November 2016 at 8:15 am

Viewers were left in tears last night thanks to BBC1 drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy.


The reconstruction of the story of Damilola Taylor – the 10-year-old who was stabbed with a broken bottle in Peckham sixteen years ago – and his father Richard’s fight for justice was an emotional rollercoaster for viewers.

Many were moved to tears by the real-life story it portrayed...

John Boyega – who knew Damilola as a young boy in Peckham – tweeted his support of the programme.

Some, such as Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, said it was important to remember the tragedy.

Others praised a prized performance from all on screen.

And more applauded the BBC for airing a crime drama focusing on the human rather than the procedural side of such a crime.


But despite its gritty subject matter, many saw a final message of hope in Damilola.


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