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UK nets plan docs, debate as rioting continues

The BBC has commissioned a quick turnaround 'Panorama' documentary examining the rioting spreading across the UK, with fellow terrestrial Channel 4 lining up a live debate to discuss the ongoing violence, bloodshed and looting.
August 10, 2011

The BBC has commissioned a quick turnaround ‘Panorama’ documentary examining the rioting spreading across the UK, with fellow terrestrial Channel 4 (C4) lining up a live debate to discuss the ongoing violence, bloodshed and looting.

The commissions come with the UK reeling after four consecutive nights of violence and public disorder, beginning in London and spreading North, causing property damage estimated in the tens of millions of pounds.

Last night saw events taking a further dramatic turn with three confirmed dead after being run over by a car, marking the first deaths from the chaos.

Terrestrial channel BBC1 will on Monday (August 15) air The August Riots, a 30-minute ‘Panorama’ special produced by Andy Bell, at 8.30 p.m. EST.

The doc promises to look at how “the worst civil unrest for decades has led to tens of millions of pounds of damage, dozens of injured policemen and widescale looting as gangs of youths have rampaged through London and other major cities,” and will ask “what has led a generation to violence?”

The BBC has also announced it will recall its panel discussion show Question Time from its summer hiatus for two special episodes on the riots, both made by Merton Media.

Presenter David Dimbleby will tomorrow host a special on BBC1 at 10.35 p.m., while presenter Richard Bacon will host UK Riots: Young Voter’s Question Time on youth-skewing digital channel BBC3 the same day at 8.30 p.m.

Meanwhile, C4 has commissioned a special one-hour live news debate about the riots. Made by ITN Productions with Chris Shaw as exec producer, the 60-minute special will air at 7 p.m. this Saturday (August 13).

Presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the debate will explore the circumstances which sparked the rioting, and aim to confront the possible solutions. Panelists are yet to be confirmed.

The special was commissioned by C4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne, who said: “These riots represent a national crisis. Confidence in the police to protect public safety has been undermined, and many have felt that those in authority have been slow to respond.

“The sight of young people wrecking their neighborhoods without hindrance has provoked outrage. These events raise some of the most important issues a democracy can face.”

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