BBC Three's Murdered For Being Different: review
We exist in a time when pointless, devastating violence is an all-too common occurrence, whether it’s knife crime amongst teenagers, terrorism or people simply letting their opposing views turn into physical conflicts. We’re as divided as ever, and the lines we draw between ourselves and the people we encounter everyday are ever-more arbitrary despite the heavy cost.
Murdered for Being Different, then, is exactly the kind of thing BBC Three should be making. Following previous instalments Murdered By My Boyfriend and Murdered By My Father, it takes a real-world event and with it attempts to make a wider statement. Unlike those other episodes’ subject matter, however, the murder of Sophie Lancaster (played here by Abigail Lawrie), which occurred at a skate park in 2007, is something that’s faded into collective memory.