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Channel 4 investigates speed and skunk in 2014 upfronts

Channel 4 investigates speed and skunk in 2014 upfronts
David Wood
06 November 2013

Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt has unveiled the broadcaster's latest commissions including the return of Drugs Live – which will feature a ground-breaking scientific trial looking at the effects on the brain of high strength ‘Skunk’ cannabis.

The feature length film will follow the trial conducted at University College London by two of the world’s leading experts on the effects of illegal drugs on the brain.

Drugs Live: Cannabis is a 1 x 90-minute show from Renegade Productions executive produced by Alan Hayling and will be show in 2014.

Previously Drugs Live featured a two part investigation of MDMA by presenter Jon Snow (pictured).

Other new shows include Guy Martin: Speed – in which the renowned motorcycle racer, engineer and presenter takes on four speed based challenges to explore the boundaries of physics and learn about the science of speed.
Guy Martin: Speed is a North One Television production. Executive producers are James Woodroffe, Ewan Keil and Neil Duncanson.

Channel 4’s historical drama The Mill from Endemol’s DSP – which averaged 3.2 million viewers across its run this summer –  will also return for a second series. 

The second season will follow life at Quarry Bank Mill between 1838 and 1842; a time of political change following the Poor Act Amendment of 1834 which put the blame of poverty on the poor themselves.

Speaking at Channel 4 Sales' 2014 Upfront event Hunt also announced an Educating Yorkshire Christmas special, where viewers will be able to revisit the Thornhill Community Academy in a special one-off from TwoFour.

Viewers will be able to see how pupils have got on during the new school year.

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