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Up in Flames: Mr Reeves and the Riots

When the riots struck in August there was no-one more taken by surprise than Maurice Reeves, 80-year-old owner of Croydon's Reeves Furniture store, who had to watch his 144-year-old family business go up in flames.

This film follows him in the aftermath of that night, trying to work out how the town he had always thought so safe could descend into arson and looting, and whether he should ever open up shop again in the midst of a community that could spiral out of control so drastically.

In the weeks that follow he meets other victims of the riots, comes face to face with disaffected Croydon young people, and takes on local politicians - becoming more and more Churchillian by the week, a steadfast octogenarian rebuttal to riot and violence.

45 minutes

Last on

Thu 15 Dec 2011 22:45


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerNick Mirsky
ProducerJames Dawson
DirectorJames Dawson
Camera OperatorJames Dawson