Russell Brand to front BBC Three drug documentary

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 April 2014
Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand will star in a new BBC Three documentary exploring addiction treatments around the world

Russell Brand is hosting a documentary about drug addiction for BBC Three.

The comedian-turned-political activist - who is a recovering alcoholic, heroin user and sex addict - has signed up to front a one-off programme called 'Russell Brand: Give It Up', which will see him interview addiction sufferers and people in positions of power as he investigates addiction treatments around the world.

The 60-minute Matchlight show will be a follow-up to his 2012 documentary 'From Addiction To Recovery', according to

Russell's aim is to investigate how to improve treatment for addicts in the UK, and will see him travel to Switzerland where his views on abstinence-based recovery are challenged.

As well as speaking to key political decision-makers, government officials and police staff, he will chat with addicts from all walks of life who are currently battling or have overcome their dependency issues.

'Russell Brand: Give It Up' is just one of many new factual and current affairs shows commissioned by BBC Three controller Zai Bennett.

He commented: "BBC Three is the only channel that commissions original documentaries and current affairs specifically for young adults. These shows cover a range of topics from the war in Afghanistan to life at Bangkok airport, from a pupil referral unit in West London to drug cartels in Mexico.

"They demonstrate the range and quality that BBC Three viewers expect from our top-fight factual content like recent agenda-setting documentary 'Life And Death Row'."

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