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Channel 5, Vice Studios UK link on three-part cocaine docuseries

UK commercial network Channel 5 has commissioned Vice Studios UK to produce a three-part docuseries that will examine Britain’s growing cocaine epidemic. Tentatively titled Cocaine: Britain’s Epidemic, the series will explore ...
March 12, 2018

UK commercial network Channel 5 has commissioned Vice Studios UK to produce a three-part docuseries that will examine Britain’s growing cocaine epidemic.

Tentatively titled Cocaine: Britain’s Epidemic, the series will explore those responsible for marketing cocaine as an everyday drug. Each hour-long episode will provide access into the world of cocaine by following the users, the dealers and the addicts, as well as those who are trying to stop its distribution.

The three-parter serves as the first third-party commission by the UK studios production division of millennial-focused media company Vice Media since launching in August 2017.

Vice Studios UK’s William Fairman (pictured) is series producer and director alongside Kevin Sutcliffe, who is serving as executive producer for Cocaine: Britain’s Epidemic. It was commissioned by C5′s Guy Davies, commissioning editor for factual.

The series is currently in production and will transmit on Channel 5 later this year.

“This latest hard-hitting documentary series tackles another major issue affecting millions of people in Britain today,” said C5′s Davies in a statement. “The use of cocaine has moved from elite party drug into the mainstream and many believe we’re in the grip of an epidemic. Vice Studios has found a way into this world and we’re thrilled to be working with them on this documentary series, presenting shocking new facts around the drug and its ever-growing popularity.”

“Leaning on Vice UK’s long-standing reputation of producing unvarnished, access-based programming and hard-hitting journalism, Cocaine marks an ideal first third-party commission for Vice Studios, UK, as we look to create a broad range of impactful content for new audiences,” added Sutcliffe, MD of Vice Studios UK. “In working with Channel 5, we’re excited to be unveiling fascinating and often shocking new insights into the drug’s distribution and usage, and explore how it affects all facets of UK society, spanning the rich, poor, old and young.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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