Anger over terrorist comedy

Web series upsets 7/7 victims

A new internet sitcom about suicide bombers has upset victims of the London 7/7 terror attacks.

Living With The Infidels is based around five Yorkshire-based Muslims who dream of wiping out Bradford with a chemical weapon so that they can go to paradise.

But Veronica Cassidy, whose 22-year-old son Ciaran died in the explosion at Russell Square, told the London Evening Standard: ‘Who is going to find it humorous? I don't know where they get their laughs from.

‘If it happened to one of their children, would they be as keen to put something like this on YouTube?’

Jill Tyrell, who was seriously injured in the attacks, added: ‘There's nothing really comedic about terrorism.’

The man behind the series, former advertising executive Aasaf Ainapore, said TV channels were ‘uneasy’ about screening it.

In the five-episode series – due to launch later this month – the hapless jihadists bungle their way through their preparations, while being tempted by Man Utd, cable TV and The Dog and Duck

In one storyline, a would-be terrorist called Psycho Ali invents a lead-lined codpiece so he will be ready for the 72 virgins awaiting him in paradise once he blows himself up.

But the fuss in today’s papers could help boost the series. This morning, the teaser clip on YouTube – below – had received just 126 views.

Published: 5 Aug 2009

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