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question of the day: Is it too soon for a sitcom about an army bomb disposal squad?

It was 20 years after the Korean War ended before CBS gave us M*A*S*H. Now, the BBC has announced a new sitcom about a bomb-disposal squad in Afghanistan… while the war is still on. From the Independent:

The BBC is courting controversy by filming a sitcom about bomb-disposal experts serving in the Middle East.

Yesterday’s announcement of the pilot for the BBC3 show, provisionally titled IED, which stands for improvised explosive device, came as another soldier killed by a roadside bomb was repatriated. Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna, from 1st Battalion The Rifles, died on Monday while on patrol in Helmand.

Two-thirds of coalition deaths in Afghanistan have been caused by the devices.

The BBC said the show reveals the camaraderie among the troops.

As I’ve said many times before, an idea can work, depending on how you use it. But sometimes nerves are too raw for even the best execution of an idea to succeed.

What do you think? Is it too soon for a sitcom about an army bomb disposal squad?

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