Female vicar to join Keith Allen for televised drug taking
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 July 2012
A female vicar will join Keith Allen, award-winning author Lionel Shriver, a former MP and an ex-SAS soldier in taking ecstasy on a controversial new Channel 4 programme about drugs
A female vicar will join Keith Allen in taking ecstasy on a controversial new Channel 4 programme about drugs.
The minister will join the 'Trainspotting' actor, award-winning author Lionel Shriver, a former MP and an ex-SAS soldier to take 83mg of MDMA, the pure form of ecstasy, on 'Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial'.
A show source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We've got a real mix of people taking drugs from all walks of life, it's going to be like a drugs version of 'Big Brother' and will be must-see TV.
"Where else would you see a vicar, Keith Allen and an ex-SAS soldier all taking drugs together?"
The two part show, to be presented by Jon Snow and Christian Jessen, will also feature a live studio debate on the experiments and has reportedly already filmed scenes at London's Imperial College.
Channel 4 Senior Commissioning Editor, David Glover, said: "The use of controlled drugs, including ecstasy, is a hugely important issue and Britain has been called the 'drug-taking capital of Europe'.
"But too often the facts - and particularly the science - can become lost in the heat of the argument.
"These programmes will feature a scientific study that aims to demonstrate the effects of using ecstasy on the brain and behaviour alongside a grown-up debate about the issues raised featuring a wide range of views.
"This is a programme that only Channel 4 would be brave enough to commission."