Death of a Son

Release Date: 25 October 2010 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
Featuring: Malcolm Storry
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Death of a Son opened the fifth season of Screen Two productions on Sunday, January 8th 1989, and starred the late Oscar nominated and award winning actress Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl, The Virgin Soldiers), and Malcolm Storry (Firefox, Under Suspicion) as Pauline and Ray Williams.

In 1986 Pauline Williams, a Luton housewife became the first person in Britain ever to bring a successful private prosecution for manslaughter. The story began in 1982 when John Williams, Pauline and Ray’s 19 year old son, died from an overdose of the drug Palfium. In spite of the inquest jury’s verdict of unlawful killing, the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that charges were not to be brought against the drug dealer who injected John with the fatal overdose. Both Pauline and Ray found this ruling impossible to accept, and so began a remarkable individual battle.

Death of a Son is the powerful and moving story of what happened to the Williams family; of how Pauline took on the full weight of the British medical and legal establishment – and won. For after three years of campaigning and studying, Pauline finally proved to the DPP that there was a case of manslaughter to answer.

In her portrayal of Pauline, Lynn Redgrave gave one of her most powerful and moving performances ever, for which viewers voted her BBC TV Actress of the Year, 1989.
BBC Screen 2 Press Pack, Stills Gallery, French Language Option
Release Date: 25 October 2010
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Feature Running Time: 93 minutes

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Customer Reviews

Brilliant drama with excellent acting

One of the best movies of its type I've seen for ages. This gripping and heartfelt tale of a mother's fight for justice. Well worth watching .

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