BBC to film sitcom about bomb squad

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.

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