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Vice Unveils Programming Lineup for U.K. Viceland

Vice Media has unveiled the programming lineup for its U.K.-Ireland version of linear channel Viceland, which launches on pay-TV operator Sky in September.

“Embodying the spirit of Vice, the 24-hour channel will take young audiences across the globe to offer a contemporary take on youth cultures, covering music, food, drugs, identity, sex, fashion, sports and more,” the company said in a statement.

Viceland will introduce new British talent to viewers, with original series hosted by Jamali Maddix, Clive Martin and Grace Neutral, among others. These shows will play alongside those with American hosts, such as Ellen Page, Michael K. Williams, Gloria Steinem and Action Bronson, in addition to long-time Vice hosts like Eddie Huang and Krishna Andovolu.

The U.K. channel will kick off with “The Viceland Census” – a one-off special film, surveying young people across the country about politics, drugs, sex, food and crime, “providing young British people a platform to speak freely and voice their views,” Vice said.

Viceland programming will draw on all of Vice U.K.’s “content tentacles,” including its network of 11 digital channels, including VICE.com, Noisey, Broadly, Munchies and i-D.

Alex Miller, creative director Europe, Middle East and Africa at Viceland, said: “Over the past decade, Vice has been making game-changing video content on the Internet, and, in doing so, transformed the way people make shows about food, news, fashion, culture, tech and more. Just as we changed the way everyone thought about online video, Viceland will change the way we think about a TV channel. We’re launching with a slate that we think fulfills our goal: to make Viceland the most original and important TV channel for young people in the country.”

“Big Night Out” is a factual series that sees Clive Martin in search of the “organic party scenes across Europe that have sprung up to challenge the established order.”

“Partying used to be about simply having a good time but in an uncertain world, partying has become an act of rebellion, subsistence or survival,” Vice said.

“Hate for Beginners” is fronted by Jamali Maddix, “one of Britain’s hottest comedians… a hilarious and fearless chronicler of everyday prejudice and the hypocrisies of his white friends.”

In the show, which fuses documentary and comedy, Jamali travels to Europe and America “to indulge in one of his favorite hobbies – befriending extremists, in order to discover what makes them tick.”

“NEEDLES & PINS” (working title)
Tattoo artist Grace Neutral travels the world in this documentary series seeking out the people who have “pushed the boundaries of body art and have found a meaningful way to embellish themselves.”

Viceland is bringing Vice’s online documentary strand to TV with a series of one-off specials. “’Rule Britannia’ is dispatches for a changing Britain with stories which take you to the unexplored and forgotten corners of the U.K.,” Vice said.

Emmy-nominated TV series “Gaycation” is a factual series starring Ellen Page and her best-friend Ian Daniel who set off on “a personal journey and travel the globe to document LGBT cultures around the world.”

“Black Market,” starring Michael K. Williams, is a factual series exploring the underground economies across the globe.

“From fishermen catching illicit abalone in South Africa, to the illegal gambling underworld of New York, Michael journeys across the globe, delving into the dangerous world of illicit trades to meets those willing to risk it all to get by.”

In this factual series, Vice journalist Krishna Andavolu explores the impact of marijuana legalization across the U.S. and internationally. He examines how people on all sides of this issue are dealing with the growing popularity and acceptance of this plant.

“Huang’s World” is a culinary travel series hosted by Eddie Huang, author of hit memoir “Fresh Off The Boat,” which was subsequently turned into a hit U.S. TV sitcom.

This is an original music documentary series starring Vice host Zach Goldbaum. Traveling across the globe, Zach meets “the most compelling, interesting, and sometimes controversial, music artists and scenes around the world.”

A fashion series starring model, actress and journalist Hailey Gates.

“From Pakistan Fashion Week to the Congo Catwalk, Hailey explores global fashion and the issues the industry often ignores, showing us what the world wears, and why. This show is an investigation and celebration of what we wear and do to our bodies in the pursuit of ‘beauty.’”

An Emmy-nominated documentary series presented by feminist writer Gloria Steinem.

“This raw and revolutionary look at womanhood brings together a team of female journalists who explore how violence against women drives global instability.”

A sports documentary series that “dives into sports cultures.”
Vice journalist Ben Ferguson and his team get onto the field and into the ring to “document a compelling series of sports stories.” They will travel to communities — from Ghana to Michigan to Serbia — “meeting athletes, investigating rivalries and exploring the different games at play.”

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