Two BBC dramas have been rescheduled following the last minute addition of a Panorama concerning the Stephen Lawrence case.

Public Enemies, the new Tony Marchant-penned drama about a convicted murdered set to be released from prison, was to debut at 9pm last night but will now launch this evening in the same slot.

It will be stripped over three consecutive nights, as originally planned.

However, its conclusion will now fall on Friday, meaning the new series of BBC con artist drama Hustle will launch next week (13 Jan).

The reshuffle follows the swift decision to air a special Panorama about Lawrence, the black teenager who was murdered in 1993 and whose killers were found guilty yesterday.

The documentary, made by journalist Mark Daly, had been commissioned some months previously. But the BBC held the broadcast back until the verdict was given.

A BBC spokesman said: “The murder of Stephen Lawrence is a high-profile case and we felt it was in the public interest to screen the Panorama film on the day the verdicts were announced.”

The BBC1 film drew a below average audience of 2.62m over the 9pm hour.

ITV1 also aired a Lawrence special, Justice for a Murdered Son, recording just 77,000 viewers from 10:45pm to 11.30pm.

Daly was also behind a 2006 film made new allegations against the suspects and Metropolitan Police