‘Anne’ recap: What happened in Episode 2?

ITV’s new mini-series about 1989’s Hillsborough football tragedy continued in the UK tonight.

Anne stars Maxine Peake (Silk, The Village) as inspirational justice campaigner Anne Williams as she attempts to uncover the truth about what happened on that tragic day following her son’s death.

From the makers of Bodyguard, the four-part drama depicts how Williams challenged medical evidence following her son’s original inquest, and refused to accept its verdict of accidental death.

Outlander actor Stephen Walters plays Anne’s husband Steve, Campbell Wallace plays her 15-year-old son Kevin, and Matthew McNulty (Versailles) plays Andy Burnham.

The official synopsis reads: “Anne, from Formby, near Liverpool, was devastated by the loss of her son, 15-year-old Kevin, who was tragically killed at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

“Anne stood defiantly alongside other parents and their families who fought for justice for the 96 loved ones who lost their lives at a football match.

“Determined to unearth the truth about Hillsborough, Anne Williams refused to believe the official line on how the disaster unfolded, seeking new medical opinion, tracking down witnesses whose statements were altered, and leaving no stone unturned in her fight for truth and justice.”

Here’s a plot recap for the second episode, which aired on ITV at 9pm on Monday 3rd January 2022:

After the inquest into the deaths of the Hillsborough victims returns a verdict of accidental death, Anne Williams (Maxine Peake), can’t let her frustrations rest.

She joins the Hillsborough Family Support Group and meets likeminded people who help her in her quest for justice for her son Kevin, including fellow bereaved parents John and Teresa Glover (Rob Jarvis, Polly Highton).

With the help of legal researcher Sheila Coleman (Claire Calbraith), Anne tracks down witnesses who tried to save Kevin, piecing together exactly what happened on the day and using this evidence to appeal the verdict along with five other families.