Dutch television station BNN broadcasts a late-night talk show in which drugs such as LSD, heroin and opium will be consumed by a reporter. Another will engage in several sex acts during the show. They review and discuss their experiences afterwards.
The live Spuiten & Slikken show - which is translated by the BBC as ‘shoot up and swallow’ – has started on October 10.
'We're not setting out to shock, but to inform,' said a show producer, Sjoerd van den Broek. 'The idea is to treat these subjects like a piece of theatre, to review them if you like. There's been endless idle chat about these matters, but never an adult critique.'
Reporter Filemon Wesselink, 26, went on a pub crawl during the first show. Furthermore he will take heroin in the form of a pill, and try LSD at home on the sofa under the watchful eye of his mother.
Ties van Westing will retire into a locked room without cameras, and engage in several sex-experiments. For example he tries to establish whether oral sex is better from a man or a woman.
Both will be interviewed along with guests about their sexual and/or narcotic practices. 'We just want to explain really clearly what all this stuff actually does to you,' Mr Van den Broek said.
News of the show has caused a fuss even in the liberal Netherlands. 'This is dangerous and sets a bad example,' was told by a spokesman for the governing Christian Democrat party.
A justice ministry spokesman said that parts of the show were 'probably illegal', but it was not yet clear whether anyone could be prosecuted. While possession of any amount of heroin is illegal in the Netherlands, in practice things can differ. He said police usually do not have resources to chase after people with less than half a gram of the narcotic.