Breaking into Britain, Channel 4 Commissions Smuggled.
“This dramatic series has real purpose at its heart. Extreme, authentic, and utterly timely, it is a stand-out experiment that we hope will inform the national conversation.” – Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment at Channel 4
Channel 4 has commissioned a new two-part series exploring how effective Britain’s border security really is.
The security of the UK’s frontiers is a major political concern, but very little is known by the public about how easy it really is to clandestinely enter Britain.
Two-part series Smuggled sees several ordinary British citizens attempt to smuggle themselves from a variety of locations around continental Europe back into Britain without using their passport, evading Border Force authorities altogether. It is an unprecedented national security experiment: no one has ever tested our borders on this scale, with such a large variety of methods.
From boats to lorries, ferries to car boots – all of the contributors attempt routes that have been used before by those seeking to enter the country clandestinely or by people traffickers and drug dealers.
The series aims to test the scale of the task facing new home secretary Priti Patel who has said she is determined to keep our borders secure – deal or no deal. It will also raise broader questions about what we can reasonably expect of our Border Force without turning the country into a fortress.
“Our borders fuel fiery debate, but little is known about how secure they really are. The best way to truly find out is to try to break through.” – Ed Kellie, Executive Producer and Founder of ScreenDog Productions