The comedic gent behind The Day Today, Brass Eye and Jam has produced some of the most genuinely innovative and hilarious British comedy of the last 20 years. In fact, we’re such fans that we’ll even forgive him for that slightly rubbish Nathan Barley series that no-one watched a couple of years back.
It’s always with a tinge of excitement, then – which is a big thing round these parts – that we receive news on what Chris Morris is up to next.
Apparently he’s making something about terrorists.
Well … kind of. Talk has been rife for some time now about Morris and a possible ‘suicide bomber’ project, something bolstered by the fact that Morris has been witnessed attending an academic seminar on how the 7/7 Bombers were “like pissed off, pompous, narcissistic adolescents, blowing themselves up in something like a more extreme version of self-harming.”
Ideal topic matter for a big old satirical hoedown, you might think. Yet the folks over at the excellent Cookd And Bombd – where this information has been gleaned – have more details to share:
There seemed to be some uncertainty over whether it was a TV show or a film…it’s both as it turns out, a film for TV, with Morris writing and directing again. It’s apparently about a bunch of Pakistani kids, and follows them as they work and play, while exploring their relation to the culture that surrounds them, their beliefs, and their sense of heritage. The brief description makes it sound really interesting, although the casting breakdown notably doesn’t feature the word “comedy” in it at all.
If nothing else, it certainly sounds interesting. And we’ll take ‘interesting’ over ‘skull-splittingly awful’ any day of the week.
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