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Black Mirror- Netflix [** Spoilers **]

  • 16-09-2011 2:29pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 74,987 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


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    New details have been revealed for Charlie Brooker's upcoming drama anthology Black Mirror.
    The Channel 4 show, described as "a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected", will focus on the way that technology has changed people's lives.
    Brooker will write the first two instalments of the three-part run, while the final episode will be scripted by Peep Show co-creator Jesse Armstrong.
    Casino Royale's Rory Kinnear and Rome's Lindsay Duncan will star in premiere episode 'The National Anthem', in which the modern information age creates a huge dilemma for the prime minister.
    Second episode '15 Million Merits' - starring Julia Davis, Rupert Everett, Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown-Findlay - will satirise entertainment shows.
    The hour-long instalment will portray a future world in which the only way to escape a life of physical labour is to impress judges on the 'Hot Shot' talent show.
    Armstrong's contribution, which bears the working title of 'In Memoriam', is set in an alternate reality where all human actions are recorded to a computer system, granting everyone on Earth the power of perfect recall.
    Black Mirror has been produced by Zeppotron and is expected to air in late 2011.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Bump for this.. starts December 4th!

    Cannot wait - love me a bit of Brooker!



    Have also seen a trailer for the first episode, but can't find that on YouTube.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    http://www.cultbox.co.uk/features/previews/2343-charlie-brookers-black-mirror-preview
    When Charlie Brooker (Screenwipe, Dead Set) sits down to write something, you know you're in for a near the mark, brutally honest statement with a twisted satirical spin. The National Anthem, the first stand-alone story of Brooker’s new three-part Black Mirror series for Channel 4, certainly delivers on that front.

    Serving as a warning against ever increasing technology (the ‘black mirror’ of today's world), The National Anthem tells the story of fictional Prime Minister Michael Kallow (Rory Kinnear) on the day a much adored royal princess is kidnapped.

    A horrific ransom video is broadcast over YouTube, whereby only one request is made - the Prime Minister is to appear live on every television channel and perform a sexual act with an animal. Within an hour, hundreds of thousands have already witnessed the video, thus escalating the situation into national crisis proportions.



  • Registered Users Posts: 92 ✭✭✭ NuckyT


    :D

    Think I just creamed my pants! :D


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,399 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Threads merged...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Arf! The Charlie Brooker fan club assembles!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,492 ✭✭✭ Sir Oxman


    Anseo!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,700 ✭✭✭ Doge


    Saw the other trailer on TV earlier, and I have to say I'm very intrigued.


    And I haven't even heard of Charlie Brooker before.

    Looks like I'm missing out! ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,700 ✭✭✭ Doge


    On first impression, a strange oul fellow he seems!


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/16/charlie-brooker-cameron-a-lizard


    Humorous though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,503 ✭✭✭✭ Rjd2


    Brooker can be hit and miss (all of his C4 stuff so far has been weak) but this looks interesting.

    Also a Xmas special of Screenwipe is coming, Doug Stanhope and more importantly Limmy are contributing:eek::D:eek::pac::P


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    Bump for 9 pm


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  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Rjd2 wrote: »
    Brooker can be hit and miss (all of his C4 stuff so far has been weak) but this looks interesting.
    You including 'Dead Set' cos I loved that?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,700 ✭✭✭ Doge


    mike65 wrote: »
    Bump for 9 pm

    Nice one for the bump! Would have completely forgot to watch it,
    if I didnt spot the new reply in my subscriptions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    "F*cking Internet!" :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,700 ✭✭✭ Doge


    waveform wrote: »
    Nice one for the bump! Would have completely forgot to watch it,
    if I didnt spot the new reply in my subscriptions.

    And after all that, I still forgot to turn it on! LOL

    Thank goodness for sky plus and rewind.


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,399 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Or Channel4+1 (It starts at 10pm) :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,554 ✭✭✭✭ Akrasia


    What's the big deal. It's nothing enda hasn't done before


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Actually quite enjoyed that!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ScrubsfanChris


    The wife was a bit of a bitch at the end?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,761 chucken1


    I missed the end of it :(
    Saw it as far as where the reporter said "A year on from the incident" or something like that?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 41,487 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Lord TSC


    It was revealed that
    An award winning artist kidnapped the princess in a bid to create a work of art.

    I loved it. It was tense, it was akward, it was horrific and it commented on so much of the world we live in today. So amazing.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,761 chucken1


    :eek: wow. Thanks for that.


    EDIT.. The penny just dropped about the finger!


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,481 ✭✭✭✭ DrumSteve


    Absolutely brilliant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,780 ✭✭✭ heebusjeebus


    Great show. Reminded me of the best from Tales from the Crypt.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,046 ✭✭✭ jill_valentine


    Had the feeling Brooker's going off the boil lately, but I actually think this is the best thing he's done. Thought that was brilliant. Clever, gripping and really fluent in the language and behaviour of social media.

    It's going to date horribly, but I think it really captured something of our social networking times, IMHO.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,759 ✭✭✭ dmcg90


    Absolutely loved it, can't fault it!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,981 ✭✭✭✭ mike65


    The wife was a bit of a bitch at the end?

    Well when your other half has slept with a pig live on air and got over it...

    I thought it was a nice piece of work, looking at other reaction it seems some were expecting a straightforward comedy of some sort, rather than an actual satire.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,188 wil


    Reckon the plotline has been done a couple of times in AH.
    Wonder did the poll results concur:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    I was worried that it was just gonna throw in lines about various social networking for the sake of it, and lines like "it's all over my timeline" and "it's trending on Twitter" didn't help.. but it did remain incredibly tense throughout.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,046 ✭✭✭ jill_valentine


    mike65 wrote: »
    I thought it was a nice piece of work, looking at other reaction it seems some were expecting a straightforward comedy of some sort, rather than an actual satire.

    I think you're right. It was a cracking bit of drama - that really was an unexpectedly poignant pig-f*cking scene - but I'd imagine people going in looking for Brooker's cheeky jokey stuff would have been horrified.

    The Portishead on the ad should have been a dead giveaway though.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    Got an X Factor vibe off the next episode..

    .. and the channel 4 announcer there just mentioned on the ad for it that it's airing at "after The X Factor next week at 9.30pm".

    Perfect time-slot and method to promote there!


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