The Staggers 17 July 2012 No one can tell you why you can't watch the BBC's riots docu-drama (UPDATE: here's why) ... or who made the decision. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up How's this for Kafka-esque? The BBC were planning to broadcast a docu-drama, based on interviews from the Guardian/LSE "Reading the Riots" project, yesterday. But the programme was pulled at the last minute after a court order. What grounds were given? Aha, that would be telling. The Guardian reports: For legal reasons, the Guardian cannot name the judge who made the ruling, the court in which he is sitting or the case he is presiding over. However, it is understood that lawyers for the BBC strongly object to his ruling, the nature of which is believed to be highly unusual. So, to reprise - an anonymous judge, in an anonymous court, made a ruling censoring this film based on arguments you can't be told about. "Highly unusual", indeed. Now, if we could just get a footballer to sleep with someone involved, perhaps people might care about this. Update 19/07/2012 15:06: The reason the judge prevented the broadcast of the programme, it seems, is because he felt it "echoed" arguments put before the jury. The Guardian reports: [Mr Justice Flaux] used an unusual power under section 45 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, which in some circumstances grants crown court judges the same powers as those used by the high court, to prevent the film from being broadcast... He also issued a second order, under section 4 (2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981, which barred media organisations from reporting the injunction. David Allen Green tweets: In my opinion, the Birmingham judge erred and made a worryingly illiberal and flatly misconceived order against BBC.#UKriots — David Allen Green (@DavidAllenGreen) July 19, 2012 › £1.43bn Manchester United world's most valuable team The BBC has made a docu-drama about the 2011 London riots. Photo: Getty Images Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!