Channel 5 has ordered a new 4 x 60’ series from VICE Studios called Drug Wars.

The series builds on Vice Studios’ previous three-part doc for the channel, Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic. Drug Wars (w/t) (4 x 60’) will look at prolific drug use across the UK, offering “revealing and strong actuality- led stories and candid insight from users”, as well as their families, medical support and police.

The series will explore a range of different narcotics and the young people dependent on them, from the street and party drugs to those using drugs to obtain the ‘perfect’ body, and those who “enhance their sexual freedom with narcotics.”
Announcing the commissions, VICE Studios’ Creative Director and Executive Producer, Yonni Usiskin, said: “We are delighted to be working with Channel 5 again and we’re looking forward to making this new original, entertaining and very distinct series. This latest commission demonstrates VICE Studios’ increasingly diverse slate of content.”
Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Factual said “VICE Studios has a unique storytelling voice which appeals to younger audiences. With cutting edge journalism and unrivalled access we are really pleased to be working with them once again.”
Drug Wars (w/t) is executive produced by Yonni Usiskin for VICE Studios.
The latest commissions follow the success of VICE Studios’ debut commission for Channel 5, Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic. The three-part series traced the UK’s growing obsession with cocaine, offering insight into the users, dealers and addicts for whom it is an everyday drug. The series launched with a debut overnight audience of almost 1 million viewers in the 10pm slot, and was a big hit with 16-34 year old viewers.

Jon Creamer

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