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The Police

The story of the riots of 2011 told with first-hand accounts from the police and previously unseen police footage. Outnumbered coppers on the frontline tell how they took the brunt of the rioters' aggression, while officers in the control room explain why things happened as they did. Many criticised the police after the riots; now they explain their side of the story.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Tue 4 Sep 2012 03:05

Programme Information

This series was originally scheduled to be shown in July 2012, but was postponed after a judge overseeing a riot related trial in Birmingham issued a court order preventing it from being broadcast. The trial ended and the film was broadcast in August 2012.


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerDarren Kemp
Executive ProducerDarren Kemp
ProducerEmma Whitlock
ProducerEmma Whitlock
DirectorEmma Whitlock
DirectorEmma Whitlock

TV blog: Assistant producer Nicola Cutcher on the making of The Riots

Alecky Youssef

"Why had they acted like they did? Were they sorry or would they do it again?"