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Nat Geo, C4 to make ISIS drama with Peter Kosminsky

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and National Geographic are to partner for the first time on Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s upcoming ISIS-inspired drama.

Written by Kosminsky following an intensive year of research, the as-yet-untitled 4 x 60-minute drama will follow the experiences of four British men and women who leave the UK to join ISIS in Raqqah, Syria.

C4 has been developing the project, which is produced by Liza Marshall’s Archery Pictures, since October 2014. It is set to premiere next year on C4 in the UK and Nat Geo in the rest of the world.

The drama was commissioned by former head of drama Piers Wenger and his successor Beth Willis. Marshall and Kris Thykier will executive produce for Archery - the production company they launched in 2014.

Willis described the drama as “a fascinating fictional story that sheds light on an unknown and unimaginable world”.

She added: “This is a deeply authentic drama through which we are able to question and confront an incredibly complex, divisive and urgent global issue.  I’m delighted to be partnering with National Geographic and Archery Pictures to bring Peter’s brilliant work to audiences in the UK and worldwide.”

Nat Geo’s evp and head of global scripted development and production Carolyn Bernstein added: “National Geographic has always been on the forefront of covering the complexities of war in our documentary features and series.

“Peter’s scripts take that same bold, unblinking approach to telling the fact-based stories of young ISIS recruits and offer an authentic and nuanced look inside one of the most serious global threats we face today.”

Readers' comments (4)

  • dont see the point of this program at all … its not bad enough we endure all ISIS violence and murder on news channels every day - Now a tv drama dedicated to the vile people who leave the uk and join ISIS … how does this help fight terror…It will glorify it … INSANE idea…. The producers should hang their heads in shame - anything for money of course.

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  • what an AWFUL idea !!!!!!!

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  • daft , leftie , right on , PC drama that is a stupid idea CH4 & Beth Willis should NEVER have agreed to it …Great job in trying to stop HOME-GROWN terrorists by glorifying them … Well done CH4 / Willis / Archery pictures …..I hope you get ZERO viewers for that rubbish ..

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  • Oh, no. Stand by for Four Lions played straight! Kosminsky has great talent but, as his dramas Britz and The Promise showed, he simply can't handle Middle Easter politics/terror without horribly pofaced doctrinaire Corbynism ("The West is not worthy) and clumsy results.

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