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Drugland: London
Drugland: London
Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 2100 GMT, BBC Two

An inside look at an industry that employs 20,000 people in London. One in seven Londoners has used their products during the past 12 months.

The business is providing Class A drugs to hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of users every week.

For the first time on British television, drug dealers describe in detail the tricks of their trade; their

profits, the risks and the reasons why they deal.

The film unlocks the occult world of 'Dealers' and explodes the myths of drug taking in London.

"It's just like Pizza Hut or Dominoes, 30 minutes guaranteed delivery", says a dealer known as the Ticketman.

Another organisation called "Dial-a-Gram" claims to deliver a "customer-focussed service" anywhere in London, "I'll deliver to the top of the London Eye" if you want, says 'Montana'.


Drugland: London

Class A drugs could be used by the branch manager of your building society, your neighbour in suburbia or your colleagues at the office.

The programme shatters the common assumption that drug consumption is primarily the endeavour of a wasted and damaged fringe. It also shows how far cocaine is not the play thing of only wealthy celebrities.

The street price has dropped in real terms by a factor of five since the seventies. 40-50 will buy a gram, more than enough for a 'weekender' to enjoy a night with friends.

The popular acceptance of such drugs began with the ease of getting ecstasy in a generation where clubbing was part of growing up.

In London today, middle class professionals as well as council house residents regularly purchase 'gear' from men and women loathed as evil criminals by the popular majority.

Drugland: London was broadcast on Tuesday, 4 January 2004 at 2100 GMT on BBC Two

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