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Channel 4 to show suicide bombing comedy Four Lions to mark 10th anniversary of September 11

Channel 4 is to spark outrage by airing a controversial comedy film about Muslim suicide bombers as part a season of programmes to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

In a move set to shock TV viewers, the broadcaster is to show Four Lions, the 2010 film by Brass Eye comedian Chris Morris, just days before the memorials take place for the terrorist outrages in New York.

Insiders at the Channel 4 have revealed that Morris was looking to create even more controversy by trying to air the film on the actual day of the anniversary, but bosses at the channel have resisted this.

Four Lions, depicts the activities of a group of home-grown British terrorists who plan to kill thousands of people at the London Marathon in a terror attacks, but end up bungling the operation.

Channel 4 will premiere the film alongside factual documentaries about heroes from the emergency services and a reconstruction documentary about the killing of Osama Bin Laden for the season of programmes.

The plans were revealed at the Edinburgh Television Festival by Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt, the former BBC1 controller, who said the film would form part of the %E2%80%98mix%E2%80%99 of programming to mark the anniversary.

Speaking at a session called No Risk Please, We%E2%80%99re Prime Time, she said: %E2%80%98I%E2%80%99ve just had an interesting and rather robust conversation with Chris Morris about Four Lions and the scheduling of that and how close it is to 9/11.

%E2%80%98I think we should absolutely continue to push those boundaries.

%E2%80%98It is going out in the next week-and-half or so. It is not going out on 9/11 itself because we have got a lot of other programming. But it is around then because it speaks to that issue.%E2%80%99

She added: %E2%80%98I think well fine, that%E2%80%99s good%E2%80%99.

Referring to Morris, whose Brasseye series caused a record number of complaints at the time, she said: %E2%80%98He felt strongly that it was an important flavour in the mix and I think it is an important flavour in the mix.

%E2%80%98But you know so is an extraordinary piece we have got called Bin Laden: Shoot To Kill, which again is a ground-breaking piece of television and we have got some major documentaries as well. So I think as an overall season you can accommodate a lot of those different things.%E2%80%99

Speaking after the session she said the film was part of a 9/11 season along with a programme about the role New York fire-fighters played in the catastrophe, emergency rooms and other documentaries.

While the film is not about the events of 9/11 she said Channel 4 was showing Four Lions at this time because it looked at the wider %E2%80%98geopolitical%E2%80%99 discussion on terrorism.

This comes as two senior figures at the BBC said they would show Morris%E2%80%99s previous Brass Eye paedophile special if it was made today, despite the fact it was one of he controversial programmes in British TV history.

BBC Trustee David Liddiment, who was also sitting on the panel, said he would be happy for it to be shown %E2%80%98as long as the programme was made within the guidelines.%E2%80%99

He was backed up by drama chief Ben Stephenson, who was referring to comedy commissioner Cheryl Taylor, when he said: %E2%80%98I will speak for Cheryl, she would totally make that because it%E2%80%99s funny and intelligent, with integrity and it has got point and purpose to it.%E2%80%99

A Channel 4 source insisted they had resisted pressure from Morris who was pushing for the film to go out on the very day of the anniversary.

An insider at the channel who defended the scheduling said that September was the first time it was able to show the film by the rights holder and that it wanted to show it as soon as possible, but had deliberately chosen not to air on 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 1304/21/2013


Everybody uses 9/11 for their own agenda. This is just someone else with an attention-grabbing agenda.

What else is new?

by Anonymousreply 108/30/2011

I've seen this movie and it borderlines on propaganda.

The way it show Orthodox people as innocents is suspicious. Yes I am sure there are some yahoos too, but there ARE ALSO Orthodox terrorists.

by Anonymousreply 208/30/2011

I didn't realize that 9/11 was an international day of mourning. But, then again, this is a report from The Daily Mail, which recently ran a story about the outrageous gay content in "Torchwood".

by Anonymousreply 308/30/2011

Great film. Rizwan Ahmed is also a brilliant poet/rapper. Handsome too.

by Anonymousreply 408/30/2011

Yup, I've seen the movie too, and it's brilliant. %0D %0D A spot-on satire on the self-aggrandizing hypocrisy of suicide bombers, and very funny too.%0D %0D More people should see it.

by Anonymousreply 508/30/2011

Great film which should have had a bigger audience.

Just the sort of satire Morris and British TV & radio excels at.

by Anonymousreply 608/31/2011

Yes, blowing people to little pieces is HILARIOUS!!!


by Anonymousreply 708/31/2011

You've obviously not seen the film R7.

by Anonymousreply 808/31/2011

Bumping because the story of some loser dipshit who sought purpose in radical Islam & his schmuck co-conspirator is in the news and all I can think of is this movie. Getting caught because they happened to stumble into a 7-11 robbery seems like it was drawn directly from the blooper reel.

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2013

Rolls eyes at r9

by Anonymousreply 1004/20/2013

I'm posting drunk so there's definitely a nonzero chance that I deserved r10's reply. Either way, I lol'ed.

by Anonymousreply 1104/20/2013

I started watching it as it's supposed to be "funny". There's these Muslim terrorist inept "goofballs" in it. And maybe it was just me but it was possibly "too soon" for me to watch anything like that.

My bf is a brit & he thought it was hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 1204/21/2013

r12, moderate Muslims are more integrated into the culture there.

UKers have a better frame of reference for how these people are really societal losers trying to be important. Very, very few of the second wave of extremists are purely ideologues or those who have been in war zones in Islamic countries.

by Anonymousreply 1304/21/2013
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