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  1. Heretic.Ape.
    [h1]Channel 4's latest idea: drug binge TV[/h1]

    By Nicole Martin
    Last Updated: 3:57am BST 20/08/2007


    Channel 4 has caused controversy after inviting journalists to take drugs and alcohol for a documentary.
    The publicly-owned station, which is at the centre of the scandal about premium rate competitions, has asked an independent production company to develop the programme after a report in March listed alcohol as more harmful than cannabis and ecstasy.
    The company, Ricochet, has written to prospective participants inviting them to spend a month in Holland where they would take drugs and drink alcohol "with no legal repercussions".
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    "We are looking for journalists in their 20s or early 30s who are happy to admit to the occasional or more regular use of one of these substances and allow us to follow the effects that it has on their body over the period of a month," said Hannah Lamb, an assistant producer, in an email.
    "They would take the journalists to Holland where there would be no legal repercussions and where they have a great university who will be monitoring the effects."
    Drugs charities criticised the documentary, saying that Channel 4, which brought Designer Vaginas and the World's Biggest Penis to the screen, was simply trying to create another storm.
    Danny Kushlick, the director of Transform, said he had been approached by Ricochet to discuss the documentary but had refused to get involved.
    "It seemed liked craziness to me," he said. "I thought it sounded like they were trying to turn serious science into top TV. It didn't work for me at all.
    "Firstly, it's very difficult to draw any conclusions by monitoring just a few people over a short period of time, and secondly it seemed that the documentary was about nothing other than watching people getting seriously off their face.
    "It's really sad that broadcasters are not engaging with really interesting, compelling issues about drugs."
    Harry Shapiro, the director of communications at DrugScope, said: "There is no shortage of first-hand accounts of the effects of drugs and alcohol on the mind and body, within the clinical literature, and also within popular culture; therefore it is hard to see what the purpose is of further depictions of the individual drug experience."
    A Channel 4 spokesman said: "The show hasn't been commissioned yet. It's at the development stage and may never make it on to the screen."

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Comments

  1. chunky funky basslines
    it sounds like swims dream job, getting payed to get fucked!
  2. rocksmokinmachine
    There certainly would be legal reprecussions in The Netherlands for taking MDMA, it is as illegal as anywhere else in the world.
  3. psyche
    ^ Nowhere it is said that they would be taking MDMA. Only that it's less damaging than aclohol.
  4. Hyperspaceblastoff
    isnt it sad the drug that makes people happy is illegal everywere
    only becuase it has a high potential for abuse
    how lame is that!
  5. dutch-marshal
    In holland we allready have a show called "spuiten en slikken"
    the show let u see a guy that did xtc/speed/ghb/lsd! really refreshing to finaly see that on public television! :laugh:

    i think it's great! if done properly.. because then people might get another point of view about drugs right? :thumbsup:
  6. rocksmokinmachine
  7. Joe Duffy
    I seem to remember Channel 4’s Pot Night (1995), they sent British stand-up comedian Lee Hurst to Amsterdam to sample some of its cannabis delights.
  8. zera
    Man swim had this idea a few months ago. It all began when he was high off his head off his head and his sober mate tried to suggest the group go eat at hooters. Swim said that sending a 20 year old kid into Hooters while high on acid, ecstasy and mescaline sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. After having a good laugh about it the group started talking about what kind of quality tv you could make if you could feed people massive amounts of drugs and send them into silly situations. Kind of like a cross between Fear Factor and Americas Funniest Home Videos.
  9. radiometer
    Agreed 100%. Our culture already has enough exposure to drug users acting out bad behavior. How about a show representing the millions of people who use drugs regularly and responsibly? I suppose that would be, well...boring.
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