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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 March, 2005, 06:30 GMT
City riots to be dramatised on TV
Bradford race riots
The drama will be shown in July 2006 - five years after the riots
A television drama is to be screened next year to mark the fifth anniversary of the Bradford riots, it has emerged.

More than 1,000 people were involved in the disturbances in July 2001 in which two people were stabbed and about 8m of damage was caused.

Broadcaster Channel 4 says its film will tell the story from the point of view of Bradford's Pakistani community.

Scriptwriter Neil Biswas said: "I wanted to look at this Muslim community from the inside."

'Mass violence'

Mr Biswas, who conducted first-hand research for the project, said: "I wanted to see how they lived and breathed before and after they were provoked into mass violence that blew up their streets."

The eruptions of 7 July 2001 were described as the worst rioting in mainland Britain for 20 years.

More than 100 Asian youths were convicted for involvement in the disturbances, which erupted after weeks of tension between Asians and the National Front and the BNP.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "The drama will take individual stories and seek to explore why this violence happened, who was to blame and how, post 9/11, the sentencing of a generation of young men took place."




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