BBC One drama on racist attack victim Anthony Walker
'Anthony' is a BBC One drama about Anthony Walker, a Black teenager who was murdered at the age of 18, in a racist attack in Liverpool in 2005.
Anthony Walker was a Liverpool teenager with a devout Christian faith and a love of basketball. Known to his family and friends for his humour, intelligence and compassion, Anthony was halfway through college with dreams of visiting America and studying Law at university.
Inspired by conversations with Anthony’s mother Gee Walker, 'Anthony' is written by Jimmy McGovern, BAFTA-winner for 'The Street' and 'Hillsborough.' The TV drama looks at what Anthony’s life could have been had he lived.
Anthony Walker will be played by Toheeb Jimoh and Rakie Ayola will acted by Gee Walker.
Gee Walker said: "I went to Jimmy because I couldn't think of anyone more suited who could depict, highlight and draw attention to the hard messages of a life not lived - Anthony's unfilled dreams, his potentials and the many lives he would have impacted on - which now will never be realised."
Jimmy McGovern added: "I'd known Gee Walker for many years and every time I had needed to write about loss or grief I had gone to her and she had always been generous with her time and her profound wisdom. But one day SHE came to ME and asked me to write about her beloved Anthony. I said, 'Gee, if you're asking such a thing, I feel I have a God-given duty to do it.' And so I did it."
The TV drama was filmed in and around Liverpool, and will air on BBC One.