Anne on ITV: Hillsborough drama leaves fans in tears over heartbreaking scenes

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Based on the heartbreaking true events after the fateful day on April 15, 1989, Anne on ITV tells one mother’s (played by Maxine Peake) attempts to seek justice following the death of her son Kevin (Campbell Wallace) at Hillsborough. Liverpool faced off against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield but overcrowding and crushing led to 96 people tragically losing their lives. 

The victims and their families desperately sought justice and the truth as to what happened, with Anne at the forefront of the campaign.

Anne had refused to accept the coroner’s original verdict of accidental death and did what she could to try and secure justice and find those responsible for her son and the other 95 fatalities’ deaths.

In the ITV retelling of the events in the premiere, Anne and her husband Steve (Stephen Walters) were both broken when they discovered their son Kevin was one of those who’d died at the ground.

What followed was a series of gut-wrenching inquiry hearings and mixed messages which pushed the grieving family further and further.

The ITV drama also depicted Anne and her family being hounded by the press as well as the blame being placed on the fans. 

In real-life, an inquest in 2016 concluded the 96 victims had been unlawfully killed.

Anne sadly died in 2013, three years before the verdict was delivered.

The “heartbreaking” and harrowing storyline left a majority of viewers moved, with several taking to social media to express their thoughts on the ITV series.

On Twitter, Steve Rainford said: “#anne Don’t know where to start,moving yes, emotional yes, a tough watch definitely, and oh so brilliantly acted by a terrific cast and I don’t mind saying more than a few tears were shed.”

Dan Kay echoed: “#Anne is a shining example of the best of us. 

“Her courage in adversity is as relevant now as it’s ever been & her story which after years in the making begins on ITV tonight is one of hope, defiance & inspiration & why those lucky to have known her treasure her memory always.”

And @QH_0000 weighed in: “This is so heartbreaking to watch.  Crying my eyes out. God help these families. I was 8 when this happened. I remember my Mum took me and my sister to lay flowers. #Anne.”

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Sophie Jackson echoed: “Crying buckets at #Anne already. Nobody should ever go to a football game and not come home. Heartbreaking.”

And Rebecca Hall was similarly affected: “Crying already watching #anne absolutely heartbreaking.”

Lauryn Hall added: “This has me crying my utter eyes out. Those poor families, failed by so many #Anne.”

While @Angiebabes999 concurred: “Sitting crying my eyes out at #Anne, that boy was the same age as my C. The scene with him in the coffin broke me totally. No parent should ever have to go through that. He went to a football game!!!!!” (sic)

The second episode of Anne airs on ITV on Monday evening at 9pm.

Made up of four episodes, each instalment will air nightly on the channel.

Anne’s finale will therefore air at 9pm on ITV on Wednesday, January 5.

Anne continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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