Female vicar joins Allen for televised drug taking

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.''


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