Bosses at the Channel 4 network have confirmed they will broadcast satirist Chris Morris’ film Four Lions – about a terrorist cell’s plot to target the London Marathon – early next month (Sep11).
They insist the movie, starring Riz Ahmed, will not be shown on September 11, but will be aired as part of a season of programmes commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 atrocity.
The network’s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, says, “I’ve just had a robust conversation with Chris Morris about Four Lions and the scheduling of that and how close it is to 9/11. I think we should absolutely continue to push those boundaries.
“It is going out in the next week-and-a-half or so. It is not going out on 9/11 itself. But it is around then because it speaks to that issue.”
Victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London called for a boycott of Four Lions following its release last year (10). In 2001, Morris sparked outrage when he produced a spoof TV news show mocking the media’s coverage of paedophilia.