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Chris Morris takes on terrorism

The latest project for Chris Morris, the satirist who brought us Brass Eye and Nathan Barley, looks set to be a fictionalised TV special about Islamist suicide bombers in Britain:
A casting sheet describes seven characters aged from 17 to 38, with one billed as "the sort of guy who'd protest against cartoons in a bomb belt" while another is "insanely intense, bright, very focused, blind to anything he's not focused on, small seething boffin".
Morris has taken a keen interest in Islamic terrorism and was recently spotted at a terror trial taking copious notes. He was also seen at a seminar on al-Qaida.
Morris also mentioned a while ago that he is working on a second series of Nathan Barley. (Which, IMHO, should be more interesting than The I.T. Crowd, a rather dull and obvious American-style sitcom dressed up in computer-geek garb, and with all the bite of Hey Dad!).

There are 8 comments on "Chris Morris takes on terrorism":

Posted by: datakid Mon Mar 19 21:45:30 2007

I agree. There were moments, but they weren't fantastic. Yet people loved it, or so it seemed. Maybe it was a desperate attempt to talk to me about something since they knew I was in IT. The worst is that people still ask me if I've seen it to this day. Leave it already. Goddam, it was bad enough having Simpson as a Surname. When will it end?

Posted by: acb Mon Mar 19 22:22:25 2007

I guess people were too excited by the novelty of seeing jokes about IT guys lacking dress sense, social skills and girlfriends on the TV screen to notice that the jokes, and indeed the plots, were intelligence-insultingly stupid.

Posted by: Greg Tue Mar 20 06:53:56 2007

Posted by: Greg Tue Mar 20 07:03:46 2007

The quality of a comedy comes down to how difficult the target is. "The I.T. Crowd" was well done, but too easy - the mainstream already believes those assertions about I.T. people. So people got entertained, but no-one's outlook got broadened. "Nathan Barley" aimed at a more difficult target (it's armed with a big PR weapon) and hit it full square. I nearly cried watching it. As for the new one - all I can say is that this guy is brave. Whew.

I've had to think about the "difficulty of target" issue in NW a lot, and have been criticized for getting it wrong, once by an IT person!

Posted by: datakid Tue Mar 20 08:21:23 2007

NW = new waver? If so, I love your stuff. Did NW do "you've gotta party for your right to fight"? I can't find it anywhere...

Posted by: Greg Wed Mar 21 07:58:26 2007

It's on "Neuters", our 2006 cd (*). I'm not sure where you live, but if you like, take a look at and see if the cd is available in your area. A lot of the songs are on download sites also.

(* I'm guessing you mean our Beastie Boys "cover" ... the song title above is actually by Public Enemy!)

Posted by: Peter Thu Mar 22 00:14:32 2007

Hey! I made a comment about how that NW retrospective is out now etc, but it seems to have been eaten.

Unless acb censored it because I said that I loved the IT Crowd ;)

Posted by: acb Thu Mar 22 10:15:17 2007

Try posting it again; not sure what happened there.

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