Pranking members of the public - or, better still, public figures or celebrities - often makes for good comedy value and at least decent TV viewing.
But one Egyptian program has taken the "punking" genre well beyond any reasonable limits.
"Mini Daesh" (Arabic for "Mini ISIS") fools people into believing they are being attacked or abducted by the vicious jihadist group, also known as "Islamic State."
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, in a country battling an ongoing ISIS insurgency, the answer is: a lot.
This article continues at [Israel National News] Too far? Arab TV show 'pranks' actress by faking ISIS abduction