Science series Drugs Live will explore the effects of illegal drugs and alcohol on the human body. Under strict clinical conditions, the four-part show will explore both the short and long-term consequences of experimentation with addictive substances, and see people take Class A drugs live on television.
A second science-based series, The Food Hospital, will explore the feasibility of prescribing special diets to battle health problems. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the scientific study to determine which foods can help to improve or even cure certain illnesses.
Lennon Naked writer Robert Jones will also adapt 1982 novel A Very British Coup for the channel, under the abbreviated title of Coup. Helmed by Merlin's Ed Fraiman and produced by The Shadow Line's Johann Knobel, the four-part thriller will explore the relationships between the government and the banking industry.
In addition, Channel 4's first ever original animation will premiere in 2011. Writing team Jack and Harry Williams have created six-part suburban sitcom Happy Families, which has been produced in Los Angeles by Rough Draft, the company which previously provided animation for shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Speaking at the presentation of Channel 4's Annual Report, Hunt said: "I believe Channel 4's future lies in pieces that take risks. Risks on new talent, risks on difficult subject areas, risks with style and execution. It's more important than ever that Channel 4 is prepared to challenge the status quo, to provoke debate and, above all, to be brave."
Other confirmed commissions include a new satirical drama series from writer and broadcaster Charlie Brooker and the acquisition of US crime drama The Killing.
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