The six-part BBC drama that inspired Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning TRAFFIC (2000) tells essentially the same story with different particulars. Where TRAFFIC focuses on cocaine traffic between Mexico and the United States, TRAFFIK follows a path from the opium fields of Pakistan to heroin dealers in Hamburg and junkies in London. And at five-and-a-half hours, the original series is so gripping you not only won't mind how long it is you'll wish it were longer.
Jack Lithgow (Bill Paterson) has just been named Chairman of Britain's Drug Abuse Committee. The reflexively self-righteous Lithgow is ill-equipped to deal with a problem that's one big, gray quagm...