Little Boy Blue is the gripping and brave drama based on the tragic shooting of Rhys Jones, which shocked the nation in 2007 when the schoolboy was murdered walking through a pub car park in Liverpool.
The 11-year-old was heading home after football practice at 7.30pm, when a hooded youth on a pedal bike opened fire and accidentally shot Rhys in the back.
Paramedics worked tirelessly to save the young boy, but he was pronounced dead at Alder Hey Children’s hospital.
In the first episode of ITV’s drama Little Boy Blue, viewers were taken back to the exact day of the murder which played out these scenes and focused on those who carried out the senseless attack.
The second episode was aired on 1st May and viewers were impressed with the fantastic acting and excellent script. Many noted how they themselves cried at the beautiful funeral scene, which saw members of the public attending wearing their clubs football strip, regardless of which team they supported.
— Sarah H (@sarahham32) May 1, 2017
This is absolutely heart breaking from all angles #littleboyblue
— Andrew McBride (@andrewmcb) May 1, 2017
However some couldn’t help but point out a garish production error, which marred the brilliant series in their eyes. In the opening scenes, Kevin Moody and his family are seen taking photos at the entrance of a theme park in Orlando, Florida, but later in the episode the troubled sixteen-year-old can be seen riding Blackpool’s Infusion roller coaster with the famous Pepsi Max ride in the background.
Fans of the show were keen to point out the noticeable location on social media as they joked how Kevin travelled from Florida to Blackpool in record time.
That looked suspiciously like Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach #littleboyblue
— Julie (@Julie_McGann1) May 1, 2017
— Amber Farrand (@Amber_Farrand) May 1, 2017
Other fans pointed out that they struggled to understand what the characters were saying, notably because of their strong Scouse (Liverpudlian) accents. One Twitter user rebuffed this however by stating rather than picking faults with the production, concentrate on the fact that this is about a real-life murder and ‘enjoy’ the drama for what it is, rather than what it isn’t.
Three things that don't matter:
1.Not understanding the accent
2.Blackpool pleasure beach
A boy was killed ffs #LittleBoyBlue
— Faye Watt (@FayeWatt) May 1, 2017
The first instalment of the four-part series, based on the true story of Rhys Jones’ murder was viewed by 5.3 million people on ITV, with thousands more tuning in online via the ITV Hub.
Gang member Sean Mercer was just 16 when he fatally shot schoolboy Rhys, as the youngster walked home from football practice in Liverpool in August 2007.
He was 18 years old, but had been just 16 at the time of his crime, when he was convicted unanimously by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court by High Court Judge Mr Justice Irwin.
During his 11-week trial the jury heard how Mercer, of Good Shepherd Close, Croxteth, was a member of the Croxteth Crew gang.
Mercer, now 26, is currently in Frankland Prison, which, according to the Mirror is dubbed ‘Monster Mansion’ because it houses some of Britain’s most notorious killers including Soham killer Ian Huntley and Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield.