Kingpins: Mexico’s Tiger King, Episode 1 (Channel 4, May 20, 2024)

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The brand new documentary series, Kingpins, premieres on Channel 4 on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 11:05 PM, with the first episode titled “Mexico’s Tiger King.” The series looks into the lives and crimes of some of the world’s most notorious criminal kingpins.

In this initial episode, journalist Ben Zand gains unprecedented access to a prominent drug lord within the infamous Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. Ben enters the drug lord’s private world, from his million-dollar estate, where he keeps pet tigers, to his more intimate moments, such as buying flowers for a girlfriend. The episode explores the allure of the cartel lifestyle, the immense dangers and stakes involved, and the reasons why individuals are drawn to this perilous trade despite the severe consequences.

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“Mexico’s Tiger King” provides a unique insight into the mind of a criminal kingpin, as Ben challenges his actions and seeks to understand what could potentially lead him to abandon his life of crime. This episode marks the beginning of a three-part series, with Ben Zand encountering and interviewing additional kingpins who dominate the illegal trade in their respective towns.

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Kingpins: Mexico’s Tiger King, Episode 1 airs Monday, May 20, 2024, at 11:05 PM on Channel 4.

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