SBS delays Danger 5 series due to “ISIS actions”
SBS opts to delay a November return for local comedy spoof, fearing its themes may be ill-timed.
The comedy by South-Australian production company Dinosaur, which spoofs spies attempting to kill Hitler in a 1960s-style pastiche, was due to return to air in November. The season includes an appearance by Shaun Micallef.
“It is with our deepest disappointment and sadness that we announce a decision has been made to delay the broadcast of Danger 5 Series 2 on SBS. This is due to unforeseen international news events and the recent ISIS actions and it’s felt in the current climate the series might not be received in the comedic spirit in which it was created,” says the show’s Facebook page.
“Unfortunately this delay is completely out of our control and the entire team at Danger 5 and Dinosaur are truly devastated.
“At this stage we’re unaware of when Series 2 will air, but as soon as we do, you will be the first to know.
“We hope that you will stick by us until this time as we do everything we can to show you what has taken the entire team thousands of hours of hard work, sweat and a few tears.”
SBS confirmed to news.com.au:
“In light of recent international events, SBS has decided to postpone the air date of cult comedy series Danger 5.
“Although Danger 5 was written and filmed before any of the recent ISIS actions and in no way refers to recent events, the network has determined that some themes touched on in this season are potentially sensitive in the current climate and may not be received in the comedic and satirical spirit with which they are intended.
“Given the reason for the delay of the series and the current unpredictable climate we can’t confirm or announce a broadcast date for the new series at this time.”
SBS has previously pulled episodes that found themselves ill-timed with Paul Fenech’s Swift & Shift Couriers held over for 2 years following attacks on Indian students in Australia, and withholding an episode of its first season following the death of an Australian soldier in Iraq.