Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern says ‘horrifying’ scenes in his new BBC drama about the racist murder of devout Christian Anthony Walker, 18, will ‘deeply influence’ viewers
- Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, 70, Liverpool, wrote a new drama about murder
- Anthony Walker was murdered by villains who yelled racist abuse in Merseyside in 2005
- The series will tell the story of the life that devout Christian Anthony could have led
- McGovern warned viewers about ‘horrifying’ scenes in the moving new drama
Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern has warned that viewers will be ‘deeply affected’ by his latest work, a BBC drama about Anthony Walker, who was murdered in a racist attack in Liverpool at the age of 18.
The new 90-minute movie, entitled Anthony, documents how the devout Christian was brutally murdered on July 29, 2005 in Huyton, Merseyside – and it represents the life he could have led.
In an interview with the Sunday Express, Liverpool’s multiple BAFTA-winning writer, 71, said he expected viewers to be “deeply affected” by “horrible scenes” in the largely fictional program, inspired by conversations with Anthony’s mother, Gee Walker.
Anthony is played by Toheeb Jimoh and Rakie Ayola plays his mother.
BBC program Anthony tells the story of the pious life that Christian Anthony could have led. Anthony is played by Toheeb Jimoh (photo)
Screenwriter Jimmy McGovern has warned viewers will be ‘deeply affected’ by his BBC drama about Anthony Walker, who was killed in a racist attack in Liverpool at the age of 18
The Cracker writer said, “I don’t think you will have a more powerful demonstration of loss than this.”
Anthony was a Liverpool teenager with a devout Christian faith and fondness for basketball.
Known to his family and friends for his humor, intelligence and compassion, Anthony was halfway through college with dreams of visiting America and studying law at college.
He was killed with an ice ax after running away from criminals who shouted racial abuse in the Huyton area of Merseyside in 2005.
20-year-old Paul Taylor was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison – he is the cousin of Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton.
Michael Barton, brother of Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, was sentenced to 17 years and eight months for the murder.
McGovern’s new work is mainly fictional, depicting the life a man like Anthony would have had if he survived the attack
The 90-minute film is inspired by conversations with Anthony’s mother, Gee Walker, (photo) about the boy Anthony was and the man he hoped to become
The film was made in response to in-depth conversations with Anthony’s mother Gee Walker about the boy Anthony was and the man he hoped to become.
The screenwriter is known for such medals as Cracker, Accused and the TV movie Hillsborough.
Jimmy revealed that he was approached in 2016 by Gee, who felt it was time to tell her son’s story.
She said earlier: I went to Jimmy because I couldn’t think of anyone more suited to displaying, emphasizing and highlighting the hard messages of a life that was not lived.
“Anthony’s unfulfilled dreams, his potential and the many lives he would have influenced – that will never be realized now.”
Known to his family and friends for his humor, intelligence and compassion, Anthony was halfway through college with dreams of visiting America and studying law at college. (Depicted, actor Toheeb Jimoh as Anthony in Jimmy McGovern’s latest work)
Jimmy went on to say that while writing the drama, he spoke to one of the surgeons who had operated on Anthony, who was “baffled” by the seriousness of the crime.
Jimmy said earlier in a statement, “I had known Gee Walker for many years and each time I had to write about loss or grief.
“I had gone to her and she had always been generous with her time and her deep wisdom.
But one day SHE came to ME and asked me to write about her beloved Anthony. I said, “Gosh, if you ask something like that, I feel like I have a God-given duty to do it.” And so I did it. ‘
BBC drama Anthony airs on BBC One on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 PM