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Channel 4 Are Making A Documentary About The Real Life Narcos

James Dawson

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Channel 4 Are Making A Documentary About The Real Life Narcos

Up there with the very best Netflix shows is Narcos. Now three seasons in, the dramatised series, which started in 2015, is set in Colombia and tells the story of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar.

There are run-ins with both drug lords and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, all making for an action packed series that's thrilling and tense in equal measure.

Now, while we eagerly await season four, Channel 4 have announced a three-part series called The Real Narcos, in which ex-Special Forces soldier Jason Fox (SAS: Who Dares Wins) will investigate the drugs trade in South America.


Given that Narcos is based on true events and the drugs trade in that part of the world can be especially hairy, The Real Narcos should be as nail-bitingly tense and dramatic as the Netflix series. With one difference. It's all real.

Up until five years ago, Fox was smack bang in the middle of the war on drugs as part of his work in the Special Forces, so he has a lot experience in the field.

The three-part documentary will follow Fox as he travels to cartel-controlled parts of Mexico, Peru and Colombia and meets some of the most feared and dangerous criminals in the world. It promises to be a gripping, real life investigation into the underground infrastructure of the world's drugs network.

On his way, he'll come face to face with cocaine cooks, cartel enforcers, underworld kingpins and drug traffickers as he explores the ins and outs of the billion dollar drugs trade.


There's no trailer yet, but when speaking about the documentary, Fox explained: "Trying to understand the motivations and inner workings of the people inside the cartels was always something I was fascinated with when fighting against them.

Credit: PA

"Meeting the Narcos, unarmed, on their own turf was an incredible and sometimes terrifying experience - it opened my eyes even further to the power they hold and to some of the social and economic pressures which are constantly at play behind them."


Which means we at least know he survived making the documentary. Nevertheless, expect plenty of 'I can't believe this is real life' moments that make you happy you work doing something a lot less dangerous.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Cocaine, Narcos

James Dawson
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