This article was updated at 1:52 pm.
LONDON — Blighty terrestrial web Five pulled off a major coup Tuesday night as a court overturned an injunction preventing it from airing a documentary about the notorious Noonan family crime organization.
The Greater Manchester Police secured the temporary injunction Tuesday afternoon, citing concerns that the doc would hinder its probe into the fatal stabbing of leader Dessie Noonan last week.
But Five’s lawyers succeeded in having the injunction lifted at the 11th hour, and the program aired at 10:55 p.m., as scheduled.
Five execs argued that much of the sensitive material in the doc had already been reported in print and pointed out that they had already voluntarily made minor editorial changes in light of Noonan’s death. One man has been arrested in connection with the slaying.
Doc scored 1.3 million viewers and a 16% share of the aud. Percentage share was significantly up on the 9.2% Five usually commands in that timeslot.
In the doc, Noonan tells investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre that he is “untouchable” and has “more guns than the police” due to his underworld connections.