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The failure of Britz

By Shiraz Maher  

Meeting an old colleague from the BBC for coffee, I was forewarned about what Peter Kosminsky was planning for his latest dramatic offering, Britz. So, when Channel 4 admitted that the show would upset some people, I considered myself well prepared—but alas, I wasn’t.

Kosminsky’s attempt to make us empathise with Nasima—one of the central characters, who later becomes a suicide bomber—is nonsensical. She is “radicalised” not by British foreign policy—the cause de jour often favoured by the left—but instead by “control orders,” which allow the government to restrict the liberty of terror suspects. There is clearly something about the…

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