Channel 4 axes Smuggled reality show from schedule after 39 bodies found in Essex lorry

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A Channel 4 show encouraged eight participants to evade Border Control by any means necessary (Picture: Getty)

Channel 4 has postponed a new reality series Smuggled in light of 39 bodies being found in the back of a lorry in Essex.

The risqué show tasked eight British citizens with entering the UK from Europe by any means necessary and without using their passports or documentation.

They needed to evade capture and make it back to a meeting point undetected by Border Authorities.

However, following the tragedy today in which 38 adults and one teenager were found dead in a van that had travelled from Bulgaria to Essex, they have pulled it from air.

It was originally scheduled for Monday and has been postponed, and not cancelled.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: ‘In light of the tragic events today, we have postponed the transmission of the series.’

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The lorry pictured in the industrial estate in Essex where the bodies of 39 people were discovered (Picture: Sky News)

When the show was announced, Alf Lawrie, the head of factual entertainment at Channel 4, said the show had ‘purpose at its heart’.

He said: ‘Extreme, authentic and utterly timely, it is a standout experiment that we hope will inform the national conversation.’

A 25-year-old from Northern Ireland has been taken into custody over the grim discovery on suspicion of murder.

The truck is believed to have made its way to Essex via a ferry port from Ireland to Holyhead, North Wales.

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