Little Boy Blue might be criticised for being too soon - but the message it holds is essential
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Rhys Jones, an 11-year-old from Liverpool, was killed in a gang related shooting-gone-wrong in 2007. Now his story is being aired in ITV's heart-breaking drama Little Boy Blue. Some call it Liverpool’s answer to the recently aired BBC drama Moorside, which depicted the 2008 case of missing nine-year-old Shannon Matthews, who it ultimately transpired was kidnapped with the help of her own mother. But aren't dramas for entertainment, documentaries for knowledge, and isn't there something unsettling about taking the painful truth of a documentary and forming it into something to entertain the nation? There are people who knew Rhys, who knew the murderers, who lived in the area, are still do. I can't be the only one who, gripped by the storyline and eager to see the ending to a story I already know, turns on the TV for the next episode only to feel saddened and angry by what I see? Not only is Little Boy Blue very close to home, the fact is that this happened only ten years ago. For a city like Liverpool, which has suffered and come back stronger on many occasions, what affect does it really have?
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