He opens up about the themes and inspiration behind season 4.
Charlie Brooker opens up about his inspiration for the latest season of 'Black Mirror' in a series of featurettes exploring what he was trying to achieve with each story. For the 'Hang the DJ' episode, for example, he drew parallels with music streaming service Spotify.
Charlie Brooker at the BAFTAs
In a new featurette for Netflix, the creator of this intense drama series explains the idea behind 'Hang the DJ'; the fourth episode from the fourth season of 'Black Mirror' which has been streaming since the end of December.
A fan compares footage from 'The Ricky Gervais Show' with the new Charlie Brooker series.
If you've watched the latest season of 'Black Mirror', which aired on Netflix just before New Year, you'll know that it's chock full of some of the weirdest concepts ever put to screen. That just makes it all the more confusing how TV buffoon Karl Pilkington managed to predict at least two of the storylines.
Karl Pilkington on the set of 'Derek'
Has Charlie Brooker been watching too many re-runs of 'The Ricky Gervais Show'? Or is Karl Pilkington genuinely psychic? Either could be true, but what is certain is that the latter has spookily come up with two of the storylines for the final episode of the fourth series 'Black Museum' among some of his ridiculous yet earnest musings between 2011 and 2012.
The episode opened up the fourth season of 'Black Mirror'.
'Black Mirror' is making huge waves in the entertainment industry as of late, following the fourth season of the Netflix original series making its debut and causing big conversations about the world of technology and our advancements once more. The opening episode of the new season, 'U.S.S. Callister' is being discussed more than most, thanks to the brilliant performances of its cast and the unsettling narrative woven throughout.
'Black Mirror' creator Charlie Brooker (right) with wife Konnie Huq (left) on Halloween
For those who haven't yet seen the episode, turn back now to avoid spoilers! 'U.S.S. Callister' is written by creator Charlie Brooker alongside William Bridges, and stars the likes of Jesse Plemons and Cristin Milioti.
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The Netflix original series made its return earlier this week.
An episode set in space was not what most people expected from the new season of Netflix original series 'Black Mirror', but that's exactly what the show's creator Charlie Brooker delivered in the first episode of the anthology series, in the form of 'U.S.S. Callister'. It did of course however come with a few twists and turns along the way, pushing many viewers into an anxiety-ridden state before all was said and done.
Charlie Brooker has taken awards home thanks to his work on 'Black Mirror'
Though 'U.S.S. Callister' does take part largely in what's revealed to be a virtual space world, the narrative is much larger than that. It tells a story in the not so distant future of a chief technical officer who's berated by his peers, and so turns his anger into a misogynistic and tyrannical reign over virtual clones of them in his own space universe. There, he is the master of all; a god, that can bend the world around him to his will. The clones have a consciousness within the world, but must do everything that the Captain asks of them, or face very real pain and trauma.
The series has impressed with a number of close-to-the-bone short films.
For many, 'Black Mirror' is an escape from the real world, but for a majority of others, the series provides a close-to-the-bone, over-the-top insight into how things could look a couple of hundred years down the line if technology and public opinions continue to evolve and adapt in the way we've seen them do so in the past few decades.
'Black Mirror' creator Charlie Brooker
Though the show delivers a unique story to viewers with each and every episode, there have been those who have noticed references to certain tales within another episode throughout the years. Whenever he was asked about them in the past, creator Charlie Brooker would say that it was a simple Easter Egg for those extremely dedicated to the series, rather than being a hint that all of the episodes and stories exist within the same universe.
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Could some fan favourite characters be making a comeback in the near future?
When it comes to being critical of the modern day, but flipping modern technology and everything that comes with it on its head, 'Black Mirror' has never been afraid to go above and beyond, challenge its viewers and bring some of the most compelling television to the small screen of all time.
Charlie Brooker is widely celebrated for his work on 'Black Mirror'
Running on Channel 4 for its first two seasons, the show gained international acclaim and even picked up the attention of bosses at Netflix, who quickly picked up the past seasons of the show and commissioned a third for the streaming service. Following the third outing's big success, a fourth has now been confirmed, but what should we expect?
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The show is reverting to an old format of entertainment.
If you're looking for a show that approaches various topics with tenacity whilst sticking to the by-the-book rules of anthology storytelling, then you can't really do much better than 'Black Mirror'. Created by Charlie Brooker, the show currently consists of 3 seasons (with a fourth on the way), taking place in a different time, place or universe in each and every episode. New characters are introduced with their stories told in around an hour and, by the end of each slice of entertainment you're left with some big questions about morals and life in general.
Charlie Brooker has won awards for his work in television
Though you'd be foolish to try and put 'Black Mirror' in a box relating to genre, it's fair to say that a lot of what's been on offer so far is at least within touching distance of the sci-fi realm. Tales are usually told with a dark sense of humour weaved throughout, allowing audiences a laugh when they need it despite the often heavy content.
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On the eve of series three making its debut on Netflix, its creator Charlie Brooker confirmed that Foster was lined up to direct an episode for next year.
The two-time Oscar winner, famous for her role in The Silence of the Lambs among many others, will get behind the camera for an episode of the satirical dystopian series for an episode that will be released in 2017.
Foster’s episode will also feature former ‘Mad Men’ actress Rosemarie DeWitt, currently a star of the critically acclaimed movie La La Land.
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Brooker's darkly satirical series, dealing with techological advances outstripping mankind's ability to deal with them, will have a new home on Netflix.
Great news for Charlie Brooker fans – his dystopian, satirical drama series ‘Black Mirror’ has been commissioned for 12 more episodes by Netflix.
The streaming service already had the rights to the former Channel 4 show’s back catalogue, and earlier this month it was rumoured that the company was courting Brooker to agree to make more episodes exclusively with them. It means that the dozen-episode run is nearly double the seven episodes that have been made so far.
‘Black Mirror’ first began in December 2011, and its first ever episode was about a fictional prime minister blackmailed by shadowy forces into having sex with a pig.
Netflix is rumoured to be producing a new series of ‘Black Mirror’.
Netflix is rumoured to have obtained the rights of Black Mirror, the dystopian drama television series created by writer Charlie Brooker. Negotiations have been ongoing since May but a deal is thought to have been reached between Netflix, Brooker and his production company, House of Tomorrow. Netflix are reportedly working on producing a number of new episodes with Brooker already writing the scripts.
Charlie Brooker with his wife Konnie Huq at the TV Bafta Awards in London, May 2015.
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