Proposed TV series provokes an outcry

COSTA DEL CRIME: The 2000 hit movie ‘Sexy Beast’ was set in Spain.

WITH weekly drugs busts involving significant quantities of narcotics or hashish, the Costa del Sol evidently remains a happy hiding ground for many traffickers and other criminals, whose presence gave rise to the notorious ‘Costa del Crime’ moniker three decades ago.

Now, a future television project from Warner Bros in association with Spanish channel Telecinco, which is owned by Italian media giant Mediaset, has set alarm bells ringing in town halls from Malaga to Marbella.

The fictional series will focus on drug trafficking in the 1970s and its working title is ‘Costa del Sol,’ with the news already causing much gnashing of teeth within the local tourism sector.

It will apparently be based on real events from that period, focusing on a Local Police anti-drugs unit who operated without today’s technological advances. 

Miguel Sanchez, president of the Tourism Council of the Andalucian Confederation of Businessmen, could hardly contain his outrage as he yelled, “This shows a blatant lack of respect for a brand recognised internationally as a destination renowned for its excellence in tourism, not by having links to drug trafficking!”


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    • Mike in ESP

      08 October 2016 • 08:31

      Here we go again, a Spanish politician that doesn’t seem to want tourists to know what happened/happens in the country they visit, the show is fictional but the Costa del sol has been one of the biggest drug houses in Europe!, when he says: “This shows a blatant lack of respect for a brand recognised internationally as a destination renowned for its excellence in tourism, not by having links to drug trafficking!” But what is he saying, we should not let the visitors that come here think there was a drugs world that existed and still does on the costa del sol and other parts of Spain? Drugs have been a big part of the Costa del sol in the past and still are, it seems we have another politician living in cloud cuckoo land 🙂 Known as an excellence in tourism, so we should cover up any clues to the truth from tourists so it doesn’t put any off… maybe now some people will understand why the politicians here think it is OK to have a gag law. 🙂

    • Neil Kemp

      08 October 2016 • 10:16

      You all forget one thing, which is also what the Italian TV company forget – that country has never been “clean”, what with corruption, The Vatican secret societies, and The Mafia. They should clean up heir own house before spreading muck on anyone elses. A Spanish TV company should think about making a programme which does “muck-spreading” on Italy, and see how THEY like it.

    • Mike in ESP

      08 October 2016 • 19:28

      Neil, maybe the Italian company Mediaset have already produced programs on issues in Italy? Yes Tele5 is owned by an Italian company but maybe Tele5 in Spain or Warner Bros creative teams came up the idea for this?

      Situations are as they are and if there is something about a country a TV company wants to make a documentary or film on then go for it I say. Maybe in this case if Spain had done something about the drugs issue in the past and present along with allowing criminals to live here there would not have been a reason to make this film… but that was the case and there is no going back on that. My thoughts would be to go forward and make more of these programs in more countries as the more people know about them the better and to hell what politicians think… if they do then please remember, they can only be made one at a time. 🙂


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