Liverpool : home of the Beatles, the football team and the worst civil disorders in mainland Britain . RIOT is the story of a turning point in Britain ’s struggle towards multicultural democracy. Over three nights in July of 1981, the civil authorities lost control of the city, the result of years of mistrust, mismanagement and deprivation. The result of the riots were millions of pounds of damage, hundreds of casualties and the near collapse of a government. RIOT tells that story.