The BBC has announced it will be making a new documentary series about the murder of Stephen Lawrence, which will be produced by Oscar award-winning director and University of Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia.

Asif Kapadia, who studied BA Film, Video and Photographic Arts in 1994 (now Film BA Honours) at Westminster and James Gay-Rees will be executive producers on the new three part documentary series about the murder of 18-year-old, Stephen Lawrence, by a group of white teenage boys.

On the 25th anniversary of the murder, the BBC One series will look at the events of the past quarter century in what was described as “one of the longest, most complex and mishandled murder investigations in Metropolitan Police history”, allowing the suspected killers to evade justice for almost 20 years.

Baroness Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, who joined the Westminster community last year when she accepted the award of an Honorary Doctorate, said the documentary series would offer “a full, frank and comprehensive drawing together of the story that has shaped the lives of both my family and myself”.

Baroness Lawrence, also often referred to as an inspirational mother and campaigner, is the founder of The Stephen Lawrence Trust and The Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, which aims to help young black men from disadvantaged backgrounds enter the legal profession.

She visited the University of Westminster as a guest speaker on Monday 9 October, where she talked to Professor Stephen Barnett about the importance of education, widening participation, policing, policy and politics with Professor Steven Barnett to an audience of 150 people.

Heather Ridal

Heather Ridal

Alumni Communications Officer at University of Westminster
Heather Ridal

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