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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 ...  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 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 Jason Thorpe ...  Barrister Richard Pratt 2 episodes, 2017
David Wilks ...  Close Protection Officer 2 episodes, 2017


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 »


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 »


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

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A sobering truthful lesson of the disintegration of humanity among today's youth
22 October 2017 | by azanti0029See all my reviews

Few people in the United Kingdom will not have heard of the murder of Rhys Jones, an eleven-year-old boy from a middle-class family in Liverpool killed unintentionally by 16-year-old Sean Mercer, a low- level drug dealer who fired a revolver at two rival gang members over a postcode.

It was the innocence of Rhys, a promising child with aspirations of playing for Everton Football Club that brought the attention of the national media on the case. The police were under tremendous pressure to bring the killer and those who supplied the gun to justice while the gang did their best to intimidate potential witnesses and pass off the murder onto a completely innocent party. This superb four-part drama, written by Jeff Pope tells the story of how those involved in both the murder and the concealing of the evidence were eventually brought to trial and the impact that Rhys death had on his parents, the investigating officers, and the local community. Bring the remorseless murderer to trial proved a complex issue, with two innocent families court in the middle of the lies of his alibi.

The drama follows three narrative strands - The witness who was forced to hide the gun (an excellent performance from relative newcomer Michael Moran) and the family whose fragile son (An appropriately vulnerable performance from Nathan Clark-Smith) Rhys Parents (Sinead Keenan in her best ever performance as the Mum and Brian F O'Bryne finally getting the sort of meaty role he deserves) and the police investigation team led by Detective Dave Kelly (Stephen Graham whose versatility continues to expand with every performance) and DCI Mark Guinness (The always superb Stephen Walters in a very grounded role)

Through these three narratives, we see the extreme pressures everyone was under both to stay in a wall of silence or break the case and bring the killers of Rhys to justice. One of the reasons this drama works so well is because of the generous four episodes, which gives adequate screen time to convey the truthfulness of each characters journey and the actor's performances which makes for a stronger production. It is good to see ITV drama giving this sort of material the running time that it so richly deserves.

All the cast here doing a fantastic job including those portraying murderer Mercer his accomplices but the real stand out performance for me was that of the conflicted Kevin Moody (Portrayed by Michael Moran) the one witness the police depended on in order to conflict the intimidating Mercer.

I read somewhere that the senior policewoman stated having watched this production that she was displeased with her portrayal in the show. I find it hard to believe that these scenes were in anyway fictional, knowing the pressure they were under to get a result in this case and how the upper echelons of the police always behave in such circumstances. To its credit LLB did not end with the conviction of those involved followed by a brief summary. A good number of scenes were shown after the case, covering the impact on the marriage of the parents and the other lives affected by the actions of Mercer. It is incredulous that the killer and his accomplices (Most of whom are now out of prison) had no remorse for the killing of Rhys whatsoever and it is this vagrant display of complete lack of empathy for causing the loss of life which makes this show have such wider viewing implications beyond the case it deals with. As Mrs Rhys says at one point 'Our Rhys was not in the wrong place at the wrong time, Sean Mercer was when he fired that gun'

Essential and compelling viewing and an outstanding credit for everyone who worked on the production.

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