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Little Boy Blue, anyone watching

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dingit Mon 24-Apr-17 21:48:28

Very upsetting start.

Crispbutty Mon 24-Apr-17 21:52:13

Brilliant acting.very good and compelling to watch. I remember this happening sad

DigestiveMuncher Mon 24-Apr-17 21:54:26

Agree Crisp amazing acting!! So heartbreaking to watch 😞

Crispsheets Mon 24-Apr-17 21:54:37

I want to smack those smirking youths with their "no comments".

cheesydoesit Mon 24-Apr-17 21:55:07

Yes, I almost turned it off because the first 15 minutes were just so horrible. I remember it happening too, such an awful and senseless death. Now years later as a mum myself it cuts really close and deep.

FANTINE2 Mon 24-Apr-17 22:05:40

Adverts are so annoying

Kitsandkids Mon 24-Apr-17 22:06:40

That poor little boy and his lovely family.

It's awful that those boys' parents were encouraging them to say nothing. You either think your kid is innocent in which case surely you'd just encourage them to tell the truth so their name gets dropped from the investigation, or you think they're guilty in which case you think about the parents of an 11 year old boy who's now dead at the hands of your son and you'd encourage them to do the right thing and tell the police what happened.

Crispbutty Mon 24-Apr-17 22:06:52

It sounds wrong to say I really enjoyed it, but it was very good. Well written and seemed very accurate. I'm usually very critical and I honestly couldn't fault anything with that episode.

Tanfastic Mon 24-Apr-17 22:10:15

Utterly heartbreaking, spent the whole episode with a huge lump in my throat. Fantastic acting though.

ggirl Mon 24-Apr-17 22:10:48

how old were the youths?

ineedamoreadultieradult Mon 24-Apr-17 22:13:19

The parents of the gang members suprised me I would assume they would be naive about their kids involvement not sit there telling the kids dont worry no one will grass on you.

RainbowPastel Mon 24-Apr-17 22:14:33

Very well made. There are two YouTube documentaries I watched at the weekend Real Crime and Crimes that Shook Britain about Rhys's murder. They are such a lovely family.

troodiedoo Mon 24-Apr-17 22:14:45

Gosh that was harrowing. And so recent. Poor family.

RainbowPastel Mon 24-Apr-17 22:17:13

Sean Mercer was only 16 when he shot Rhys.

Hepzibar Mon 24-Apr-17 22:18:44

Very powerful, harrowing and breathtaking from the start.

So courageous of Reece's parents to allow this to be shown. My heart still breaks for them.

Disgustingly parenting of the suspects, showing the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I would like to think if they are watching and recognise any of their behaviour, they would be ashamed, but doubt it. They'll still be blaming everyone else.

BumWad Mon 24-Apr-17 22:19:38

That poor family.

Very harrowing to watch but compelling too

Haudyerwheesht Mon 24-Apr-17 22:19:50

Very well acted but utterly heartbreaking. Did the family give permission? I'm hoping they did.

The bit where the mum couldn't touch or kiss her son was just unbelievably awful .

This is the first show I've ever seen reduce dh to tears though admittedly we have a 10 year old football mad son so it feels very relatable.

frostyfingers Mon 24-Apr-17 22:20:17

Desperately sad, and very brave of his parents.

Crispbutty Mon 24-Apr-17 22:20:26

I hope Rhys family are happy with the production. It must be so difficult having it brought back up again, but I would give all credit to the actors and producers so far as they seem to be doing a very factual drama without turning people into "caricatures" if that is the right word , like the recent "Moorside" seemed to do.

RainbowPastel Mon 24-Apr-17 22:21:26

The family helped to make the programme. They provided clothes like Rhys and Mel wore.

FeralBeryl Mon 24-Apr-17 22:25:51

The family were completely on board with the programme.
Also the producers stress that ever single scene filmed-the first thing residents/extras asked was 'are the family ok with this?' before they would agree to anything.
Heartening in the face of so many scumbags protecting the guilty.

I've also just read an upsetting article by Carol Sarler in the Fail titled 'why I don't blame Janette Mercer for protecting her son' hmm

Birdsgottaf1y Mon 24-Apr-17 22:45:20

""It's awful that those boys' parents were encouraging them to say nothing. You either think your kid is innocent in which case surely you'd just encourage them to tell the truth so their name gets dropped from the investigation, or you think they're guilty in which case you think about the parents of an 11 year old boy who's now dead at the hands of your son and you'd encourage them to do the right thing and tell the police what happened.""

It doesn't work like that in Norris Green. The place is literally a law unto itself. The Police knew who the Crocky Crew and the Noggsy Dogs were because all they've done for years is sit back and watch it get to the level that it has.

There hasn't been the will to stop it escalating to what it was and now is. The area, just up the road,were i live went the same way. The shootings, stabbings and machete attacks often don't even get reported in the News, anymore.

I feel for the family, obviously, but many of the lads in these areas don't stand a chance.

Haudyerwheesht Mon 24-Apr-17 23:05:19

That's good to know feralberyl thanks

leccybill Tue 25-Apr-17 00:18:51

What a heartbreaking watch. So raw and emotive. How hard it must have been at the time for Rhys' parents and brother.

That feral scally image, scruffy and mumbling - there are literally thousands of teenagers like that on Merseyside, a group on every street corner. Horrible, horrible dregs of society. Not even necessarily criminals but just lads with no morals and no hope.

Choccywoccyhooha Tue 25-Apr-17 00:24:15

Sobbed through it, hard to believe ten years have passed, it seems so recent.
That poor family.

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