18:41 Friday 21 February 2014

Russell Brand set to film at Burton centre

Written bySARAH BOULD

COMEDIAN Russell Brand is set to return to Burton for a BBC documentary about drug rehabilitation.

The former drug user, who is campaigning to get drugs legalised, visited Burton Addiction Centre (BAC) last year after meeting founder Noreen Oliver at an event on addiction in London.

Mrs Oliver said the filming had been in the pipeline for around eight months, but no definite date has been set as Brand is currently on tour.

She said: “At the moment there is a big drive for people getting off drugs.

“We have been doing a lot of work with Russell and Comic Relief.

“He would come here with a film crew and is keen to do it, but it is fitting it in his schedule.

“He is touring at the moment and when he finished touring last year he was exhausted from it.”

Mrs Oliver has, however, received an email from the production company this week.

The documentary will be a follow-up to a previous one, focusing on what happens after treatment and rehabilitation.

Mrs Oliver (left) added: “It will ask why other areas aren’t doing what Burton Addiction Centre is doing. It will go ahead, it is just when.”

She said the documentary would also feature the arguments for and against the legalisation of drugs, and Mr Brand will be filming in prisons.

The BBC could not confirm any details about the documentary at this stage.

The celebrity, who has publicly spoken of his battle with substance abuse, said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the good work carried out by BAC, and the support which the community offers to the centre and its social enterprise at Langan’s Tea Rooms, in George Street.

Mrs Oliver added: “He is passionate about addiction, he is a very caring person. He has got a massive heart and is sometimes too caring – he wants to help everybody when it comes to addiction.”

Filming could begin next month, she said.

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