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Little Boy Blue 

The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.
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Series cast summary:
Sinead Keenan ...  Mel Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Brían F. O'Byrne ...  Steve Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Matthew Roberts Matthew Roberts ...  Owen Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Stephen Graham ...  Det Supt Dave Kelly / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Berrington ...  Debra Taylor 4 episodes, 2017
Michael Moran Michael Moran ...  Kevin Moody 4 episodes, 2017
James Nelson-Joyce ...  James Yates 4 episodes, 2017
Sara Powell ...  ACC Pat Gallan / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Nathan Clark Smith Nathan Clark Smith ...  Jordan Olssen 4 episodes, 2017
Faye McKeever ...  Claire Olssen 4 episodes, 2017
Jodie McNee Jodie McNee ...  DC Jackie Carter / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Laura Dos Santos ...  Donna Kelly 4 episodes, 2017
Paddy Rowan Paddy Rowan ...  Sean Mercer 4 episodes, 2017
Kerrie Hayes ...  Sandra Oxley 4 episodes, 2017
Robbie O'Neill Robbie O'Neill ...  DC Danny Jones 4 episodes, 2017
Jack Corrie Jack Corrie ...  Nathan Quinn 4 episodes, 2017
Stephen Walters ...  DCI Mark Guinness / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Heather Bleasdale Heather Bleasdale ...  Vida Moody 4 episodes, 2017
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ...  Marie Thompson 4 episodes, 2017
Sylvie Gatrill Sylvie Gatrill ...  Janice Olssen 3 episodes, 2017
Michael Baker Michael Baker ...  Sam Moody 3 episodes, 2017
Lizzie Hopley ...  Marie Yates 3 episodes, 2017
Derek Barr Derek Barr ...  DC Matt Perry / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Jack McMullen ...  Dean Kelly 3 episodes, 2017
John Mcgrellis ...  DI Martin Leahy 3 episodes, 2017
Tim Steed Tim Steed ...  Richard Townsmead 3 episodes, 2017
Clare Calbraith ...  Helen Morris / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Gemma Lawman ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 2017
Sonny Beyga Sonny Beyga ...  Rhys Jones 2 episodes, 2017
Jay Johnson Jay Johnson ...  Tony Edge 2 episodes, 2017
Alicia Brockenbrow Alicia Brockenbrow ...  Carly Ellis 2 episodes, 2017
Neil Fitzmaurice Neil Fitzmaurice ...  Neil Jones 2 episodes, 2017
Andrew Schofield ...  Kenny Richmond 2 episodes, 2017
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ...  Detective Chief Superintendent Brian 'Dixie' McNeill 2 episodes, 2017
Paddy Birkenhead Paddy Birkenhead ...  Dave Kelly Jnr / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Megan Dawson Megan Dawson ...  Jenny Kelly 2 episodes, 2017
Olivia Manning Olivia Manning ...  Nicky Kelly 2 episodes, 2017
Sonny Townsend Sonny Townsend ...  Neil Moody 2 episodes, 2017
Vanessa Emme ...  Police Liaison Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Simon Fielder Simon Fielder ...  Dr. Paul Johnson 2 episodes, 2017
Michelle Butterly ...  Paula Kelly 2 episodes, 2017
Samantha Robinson Samantha Robinson ...  Jeanette Mercer 2 episodes, 2017
Jack Lamb Jack Lamb ...  Frank Yates 2 episodes, 2017
Chris Abe Chris Abe ...  Armed Police Officer 2 episodes, 2017
Graham Burton Graham Burton ...  Barbecue Guest / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Grant Crookes Grant Crookes ...  CID 2 episodes, 2017
Trish Pope Trish Pope ...  Local woman / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Georgina Robinson Georgina Robinson ...  Mourner at funeral / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Jason Thorpe ...  Barrister Richard Pratt 2 episodes, 2017
David Wilks ...  Close Protection Officer 2 episodes, 2017
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The story about the murder of an 11-year-old boy, Rhys Jones in Croxteth, Liverpool, in 2007 and his parents, Melanie's and Steve's ordeal, and how Rhys's murderer and associates were eventually brought to justice.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Release Date:

24 April 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Boy Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, UK

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Trivia

When Stephen Graham is chatting with the Chief of Police and she asks him about how he takes his coffee, he declines sugar and says "I'm sweet enough". Stephen Graham was in Snatch with Alan Ford who plays bricktop who also says "[...] I'm sweet enough." about taking sugar. See more »

Goofs

The setting is 2007 and 2008, but the uniformed police officers all wear the ribbon of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, given away in 2012. See more »

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Featured in The Murder of Rhys Jones: What Happened Next (2017) See more »

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Edge of your seat stuff and it's real!
8 May 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Pretty much every British person watching this already knows what's going to happen... but you'll still be hootin' and a hollerin' as events unfold and the journey to justice is completed. The writing, acting and everything else about this 4-part TV docu-drama is spot on. If you're not familiar with the story you're going to enjoy this even more.

In 2007 an 11-year-old Rhys Jones was walking home from footy practice. As he cut through a pub car-park to get home the boy was fatally shot by a teenage gang member. About eight months later the police finally get their man and this is the story of how it happened.

The writer (Oscar nominee Jeff Pope) has chosen to follow the facts of the case and not allow the emotions of the story to get the better of him. If you're binge- watching this it's three hours long and not a minute is wasted.

As we're watching the story unfold through all the characters on both sides of the law, it's easy to forget that we're looking at something that is very close to what actually happened.

These kinds of 'stories' are the staple of 'conveyer-belt' fictional police procedurals, almost all of which fall well short of this mesmerizing drama. It's as good as 2016's "In Plain Sight" which was another, similar TV 'docu-drama' about the detection and pursuit of a killer.

This is top notch television and I hope the victim's family approves of the way their story has been handled. They had a hand in helping to re-tell their side of this horrible and senseless tragedy so I strongly suspect that they do.

Here's some trivia... Apart from the actual shooting, the drama was filmed in and around Liverpool. The funeral was filmed in the Anglican Cathedral and the minute's applause was filmed during half-time of a match played at Goodison Park. The case itself was filmed at Liverpool Crown Court inside the courtroom where the original trial took place. Pretty spooky, eh?

Excellent and captivating television - proving that British TV CAN do it when they want to!


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