Who Dares Wins' Jason Fox investigates 'The Real Narcos' (wt) in new three part series for Channel 4
Channel 4 has commissioned a bold new three part series from Plum Pictures which sees ex-Special Forces soldier, Jason Fox (SAS: Who Dares Wins), investigate the drugs trade in South America.
Until 5 years ago, Jason was himself battling on the front line in the war on drugs, as part of his work in Britain’s elite Special Forces.
Now The Real Narcos (wt) sees Jason travel to cartel-controlled parts of Mexico, Peru and Columbia –navigating the criminal underworld of the drugs network. His aim: to understand the people he once used to fight.
He will come face to face with the kind of people he once targeted - from cocaine cooks and cartel enforcers to underworld kingpins and traffickers - with the aim of understanding who these people really are, what drives them to this way of life, and how the notorious billion pound narcotics industry thrives.
Using contacts from both the criminal underworld and law enforcement to gain extraordinary access to a stunning array of characters on the frontline of this daily battle, The Real Narcos takes us into lawless worlds where police fear to tread, and drugs lords reign supreme.
Alf Lawrie, Channel 4’s Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor said: “What makes this series unique is that it is told from an insider’s perspective. Jason’s first-hand knowledge of this world – as a participant in the war on drugs - sets this series apart, and gives his journey an extraordinary authenticity.”
Jason Fox said: "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. 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."
Stuart Cabb, Executive Producer from Plum Pictures said: “From the first rushes I saw it was clear Jason is a unique and completely authentic talent. He knows these dangerous and murky worlds because he’s seen them from the inside and the Narcos definitely responded to this - they recognized who he was and where he had been and talked to him about subjects in a way I have never seen before.”
The Real Narcos has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor, Alf Lawrie. The production company is Plum Pictures the Executive Producer is Stuart Cabb .The series is produced by Tom Pearson and Jason Fox is Consultant Producer. Steven Grandison is the Series Director.
Watch footage of Jason Fox preventing wildlife crime in South Africa below:
November 16, 2017 5:16am ET by Channel 4