Channel 5 Orders ‘Drug Wars’ Documentary From Vice Studios

Fresh off of winning Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Channel 5 has ordered a new four-part documentary series, titled Drug Wars, from Vice Studios.

“Vice Studios has a unique storytelling voice which appeals to younger audiences”, said Channel 5’s Factual Commissioning Editor Guy Davies. “With cutting edge journalism and unrivalled access we are really pleased to be working with them once again.”

Drug Wars explores prolific drug use across the UK, offering revealing and strong actuality- led stories and candid insight from users, as well as their families – along with the medical support and police trying to stem the current flow of drug addiction across the country. The series will explore a range of different narcotics and the young people dependent on them, from the dangerous street and party drugs to those using drugs to obtain the ‘perfect’ body, and those who enhance their sexual freedom with narcotics.

The commission of Drug Wars follows the success of Vice’s debut Channel 5 series Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic, which 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. “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”, said Vice Studios Creative Director Yonni Usiskin, who is also executive producing. “This latest commission demonstrates VICE Studios’ increasingly diverse slate of content.”