Documentary

9:00pm Monday 20 August on BBC TWO

Last summer, England suffered the worst riots in a generation. This series gives dramatic, first-hand accounts from those who were on the frontline – the rioters and the police.

Both episodes of The Riots: In Their Own Words were originally scheduled to be shown in July. Their broadcast was prevented by a Court Order made by a Judge presiding over a trial in Birmingham. Although neither film contained any reference to the incident at the centre of the trial, the BBC was unable to persuade the Judge to lift the order. The ruling stopped them being screened until a verdict was reached. That has now happened so the programmes can be shown.

With fresh access to serving officers, part two tells the story from the point of view of the police who held the thin blue line between lawfulness and anarchy as our streets descended into chaos.

The film hears from the Inspector who held the line against the mob in Tottenham without back up for four hours and the WPC in Brixton whose van was attacked by rioters and colleague was injured with a machete.

The rookie officer sent to the riots in Hackney on his first day in the job tells of his experience and the programme hears from the transport police officer who rescued a woman from a burning building in the absence of the fire brigade.

Their testimony gives a unique insight into those five days and looks at the challenges the police faced. How much force should they have used? Why do some feel so alienated by the police? What should the priorities be with limited resources?

The second film draws its material from fresh interviews by the programme-makers with serving officers and exclusive access to previously unseen police footage. Many people criticised the police following the riots – now they tell their side of the story.

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9:00pm Sunday 19 August on BBC THREE

In the first documentary on the Colorado cinema shootings, presenter Amal Fashanu travels to Aurora, Colorado to speak to survivors, including Jansen Young who lived because her boyfriend shielded her from bullets. Amal also discovers how the gunman tried to join a local rifle club in the weeks before the shootings.

Speaking to young Americans, Amal hears what they say about the rights to own a gun, which is protected by the US Constitution, and whether they think the State of Colorado should pass the death penalty on the gunman James Holmes, who identified himself to police as The Joker.

She also speaks with a leading forensic psychologist at the University of Denver, Dr Max Wachtel, who has conducted and supervised hundreds of evaluations assessing mental health in cases of serious crime.

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9:00pm Wednesday 18 July on BBC TWO

Last summer, England suffered the worst riots in a generation. This series gives dramatic, first-hand accounts from those who were on the frontline – the rioters and the police. With fresh access to serving officers, part two tells the story from the point of view of the police who held the thin blue line between lawfulness and anarchy as our streets descended into chaos.

The film hears from the Inspector who held the line against the mob in Tottenham without back up for four hours and the WPC in Brixton whose van was attacked by rioters and colleague was injured with a machete.

The rookie officer sent to the riots in Hackney on his first day in the job tells of his experience and the programme hears from the transport police officer who rescued a woman from a burning building in the absence of the fire brigade.

Their testimony gives a unique insight into those five days and looks at the challenges the police faced. How much force should they have used? Why do some feel so alienated by the police? What should the priorities be with limited resources?

The second film draws its material from fresh interviews by the programme-makers with serving officers and exclusive access to previously unseen police footage. Many people criticised the police following the riots – now they tell their side of the story.

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9:00pm Wednesday 18 July on BBC ONE

Victoria Pendleton is one of the most compelling sportswomen in Britain. Brutally honest and revelatory on camera, she offers a rare insight into the way an otherwise ordinary life has been consumed by the sacrifice and intensity required to win an Olympic event. A bruising and intimate personal journey – full of extreme highs and lows – of an Olympic champion.

Victoria Pendleton: Cycling’s Golden Girl reveals how Victoria followed in her father’s footsteps to take up the sport and how defeat in Athens in 2004 turned to gold in Beijing four years later. But despite reaching the pinnacle of her sport, she has found that falling in love, a loss of form and the ever-increasing pressure from her international rivals has threatened her dream of gold in London 2012.?

10:00pm Tuesday 17 July on BBC FOUR

For the first time ever all eight finalists of the dramatic Men’s 100m final at the 1988 Seoul Olympics tell their story.

Just 48 hours after being crowned victor, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was found guilty of taking banned substances and stripped of his gold medal, in one of the most dramatic days in Olympic history.

In this revealing documentary, all eight men recall what brought them to the start line that day in Seoul – and what happened to them since, shedding light on the underworld networks of doping prevalent in the sport in the 1980s.

9:00pm Monday 16 July on BBC THREE

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces, in this one-hour current affairs documentary for BBC Three.

Nicknamed ‘Britain’s brainiest footballer’ Clarke has played at all levels, from the Premiership to the fourth division at Northampton Town, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football today.

Setting out in the belief that racism has been largely eradicated from the game and that recent incidents are being addressed by the authorities, Clarke faces a stark realisation as he embarks on a journey which brings racism in football very close to home.

From the tribalism of clubs and fans to the comparative lack of ethnic minorities on the terraces; the lack of South Asian players and black managers in the professional game and the shockingly overt racism in Poland, one of the host countries for Euro 2012, Clarke emerges with a very different perspective on the ugly face of the beautiful game – especially after his father tells him for the first time of his disturbing and sad experiences of racism while trying to become a professional player.

Is Football Racist? hears from a range of voices from across football. Former Liverpool and England players John Barnes and Stan Collymore and Birmingham City’s manager Chris Hughton all share their thoughts and experiences, while Jewish comedian and avid Chelsea fan David Baddiel, former football hooligan Cass Pennant and the Punjabi Wolves, the UK’s largest group of ethnic minority football supporters, give the view from the terraces.

Is Football Racist? is produced by Victory Television.

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9:00pm Monday 16 July on BBC TWO

Last summer, England suffered the worst riots in a generation, when five people lost their lives and thousands of businesses were attacked and looted. This series gives dramatic, first-hand accounts from those who were on the frontline – the rioters and the police. Their testimony adds up to a unique insight into what happened and why.

Part one hears from the rioters themselves of how they brought chaos to our cities; looting our high streets and attacking the police. They also give their own explanations of why they caused such destruction last summer.

The film features the real words of rioters portrayed by actors. Much of what they say is shocking, but adds up to a unique insight into why our streets saw such violence

The characters range from those who still feel proud of their arson and violence to those filled with regret after taking part in opportunist looting.

Nearly 300 people who took part in the riots gave interviews to the Reading Riots project, which aimed to find out what happened in the riots from those who took part. The stories portrayed in the first film come from these interviews. With powerful words and unseen archive, this is a new and compelling account of what happened and why.

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10:35pm Monday 16 July on BBC ONE

In the London 2012 Olympics Usain Bolt will try to retain his three Olympic titles and his three world records. On the night of the 100m final, more than four billion viewers will watch him as he bids to become the first man ever to retain the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay gold medals.

French producer/director Gael Leiblang has been filming him over the last 12 months as he prepares for the biggest races of his life.

Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive is an intimate portrait of the fastest man on earth. Made with his complete cooperation it shows Bolt in his home environment away from the cameras.

It also features all of the people who have helped get Bolt to the top of his profession – his relatives, his best friends and the Jamaican national coach.

10:00pm Wednesday, July 18 on C4

A film that follows a year in the life of the extraordinary Knight family. The Knights are dad ‘Rowdy Ricky Knight’, mum Julia ‘Sweet Saraya’, brothers ‘Zak Zodiac’ and Roy ‘The Zebra Kid’, and little sister ‘Britani Knight’. They are a dynamic dynasty from Norfolk claiming to be the biggest wrestling bloodline in the world. With a moral code of their own, this family pack a real punch, often at each other. They ‘live, eat and breathe wrestling’ while running the ‘World Association of Wrestling’ from their council house in the suburbs.

11:05pm Tuesday, July 17 on C4

As part of the True Stories strand, showcasing the best feature-length documentaries, Knock Out Scousers offers intimate access to three very different young athletes as they strive for a chance to make the GB Olympic boxing squad and qualify for the 2012 Games. Filmed over two years, the documentary charts the physical and psychological construction of modern day Olympians.

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