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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 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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24 April 2017 (UK) See more »

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Little Boy Blue See more »

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Liverpool, UK

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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 »

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

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Effective, well made real life drama
23 May 2017 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In August 2007, in the car park of The Fir Tree pub in Croxteth, Liverpool, eleven year old Rhys Jones, who was on his way home from football practice, became the most innocent of casualties in a local gang rivalry, dying after being accidentally shot by a bullet meant for someone else. On the eve of promotion, Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly (Stephen Graham) is assigned to lead the investigation into Rhys's death that comes to have a far more profound effect on his professional and home life than he could have imagined. Despite his dogged determination to get justice for Rhys and his parents Mel (Sinead Keenan) and Steve (Brian F.O' Byrne), Kelly encounters a wall of silence from a local community living in fear of the gangs and the repercussions of being labelled a 'grass.'

Ten years on from the case that this TV drama is based on, ITV have chosen to make it into a three part drama detailing the case and how events panned out. There's certainly a lot of meat on the bones to work with, and the film is careful not to sensationalise anything, and tell the case in a sensitive and effecting way. Aside from the already horrifying death of a child, the case grabbed the nations attention also by highlighting what may well be a commonplace truth around the country, of normal, decent, respectable people living alongside those who live by their own rules with no intention of living honestly, and the shocking consequences of what happens when these two worlds sometimes inevitably collide.

Although he feels a little too much like the 'go to' guy for this part, it can also be said that there was no better person for the lead role than Graham, with his natural Scouse background and pretty realistic physical resemblance to the real Dave Kelly. He fits the part pretty effortlessly, but still turns in a reliably great performance, as an increasingly seasoned detective who feels personally affronted by the crime he is investigating, unable to let it go due to the sheer outrageousness and senselessness of it, young men whose need to belong and be part of armies who are willing to endanger and take life for something as stupid as an area code. He is complimented by Keenan and O'Byrne as Rhy's grieving parents, O'Byrne bringing a quiet, bottled up angst as the father, with Keenan an emotional torrent as the mother.

During the film, Mel takes exception to Rhys being described as being 'in the wrong place at the wrong time.' It's a commonly thrown around soundbite, that is rather unintentionally thoughtless in its use. A very lawful world and a very uncivilised world do coexist by each other very unknowingly, and that world can sometimes reach up and bite with the most tragic of results. But it should always be that world that never has any place or any time, rather than the decent one. ****


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