ITV’s Anne: The Real Story of the Hillsborough Disaster Drama Series
ITV’s new drama Anne tells the story of a mother Anne Williams who spent years fighting for justice after her son died in Hillsborough.
His 15-year-old son Kevin attended the FA Cup semi-final Liverpool against Nottingham on April 15, 1989 and never returned home.
Actress Maxine Peake stars as Anne Williams and while talking about the real Anne she said: âAnne Williams was an amazing woman who spent half of her life campaigning for the truth about the death of her son and the other victims who were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough. The story of Anne and her family is truly inspiring.
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The series was shot in Liverpool and directed by BAFTA-winning director Bruce Goodison and produced by World Productions, whose previous hits include The Pembrokeshire Murders, Line of Duty and Vigil.
The four-part drama begins tonight on ITV at 9 p.m. with the second episode on Monday and it is believed that all four episodes will air on consecutive nights.
What was the Hillsborough disaster and is Anne based on a true story?
Anne is taken from a true story. The Hillsborough disaster is one of Britain’s most distressing tragedies.
On April 15, 1989, an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield turned into one of Britain’s most infamous tragedies.
The disaster and the incident left 97 dead and 766 injured.
Anne Williams’ son was just a teenager when he lost his life in the tragedy.
Although fans were originally blamed for the disaster, the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 was later found to be the result of South Yorkshire Police negligence.
Four days after the disaster, supporters of the Liverpool club were falsely blamed for the love at first sight in an infamous article published by The Sun newspaper under the headline ‘The Truth’.
The Sun’s editor at the time, Kelvin MacKenzie, was forced to apologize for the article, accusing him of “deliberate misinformation from the South Yorkshire Police”.
In 2012, the Hillsborough Independent Committee found that 116 police statements had been amended ‘to remove or modify adverse comments’ to South Yorkshire Police and four years later an investigation found that crash victims had been unlawfully killed.
Who was the real Anne Williams?
Anne Williams was the mother of Hillsborough disaster victim Kevin Williams, who was only 15 when he died. He was one of 97 people who died as a result of the disaster.
Anne then became an activist, campaigning to overturn the coroner’s initial verdict of accidental death.
According to the synopsis of the ITV series, the real Anne “sought new medical advice, found witnesses who had tried to resuscitate Kevin on the ground and put pressure on ministers for new investigations.”
She died of cancer in 2013, three years before an investigation decided that the victims of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed.
Anne’s daughter Sara, who was only nine when her older brother died, continued her mother’s campaign after her death. In a statement released by ITV, Sara said she had thought “very carefully” before giving her support for the series.
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âI thought very carefully before deciding to go ahead with ITV’s drama Anne,â she said. âMom’s story was so powerful and inspiring, and we all remember how important she thought it was to spread the word and to beat the drum for justice.
âI’m excited, as well as a little scared, for viewers to see my mom’s story, but I just felt it was the right thing to do. Alongside some very talented people we have gone out of our way to make sure we produce a series that does justice to my mom, our Kev, the 97 and everyone involved with Hillsborough.
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