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.
In July 2005 in Huyton, Merseyside, Anthony was murdered in a racist attack. He was 18 years old.
Inspired by conversations with Gee Walker, Anthony's mother, about the boy Anthony was and the man he was to become, this is the story of the life he could have lived.
Cast includes... Toheeb Jimoh, Rakie Ayola, Julia Brown, Bobby Schofield, Stephanie Hyam, Shaniqua Okwok, Robinah Kironde, Dominique Moore, Ade Ajibade, Wesley Bozonga, Phina Oruche, Siobhan McSweeney, Leo Wringer, Lorna Gayle, Jay Lycurgo, Josh Bolt and James Ledsham
Written by Jimmy McGovern
Directed by Terry McDonough
Produced by Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy for LA Productions for BBC One
Executive producers are Colin McKeown for LA Productions, Lucy Richer for BBC One, Terry McDonough and Jimmy McGovern
An introduction to Anthony, by Jimmy McGovern
How could I, an old white man, tell the story of Anthony Walker, a young black man? I couldn’t. I shouldn’t. But Gee Walker, Anthony’s Mum, had asked me to do it and nobody in Liverpool says no to Gee Walker. I knew I had to do it.
I’d been thinking about the First World War, about how the powers-that-be kept everybody fighting right up to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Even though everyone knew the war was over they kept on fighting and between dawn and eleven o’clock on the eleventh day, thousands died. I would argue that every single death in the First World War was pointless but those that occurred on that final day were the most pointless of all.
I kept asking myself, “How many of those men who died that day would have achieved great things had they lived? Discovered a cure for a virus perhaps, written a great book, painted a beautiful picture?”
That got me thinking about Anthony’s hopes and dreams. Had he lived, would he have achieved them? That question lies at the very heart of this drama.