The Charlie Brooker nightmare continues.
'Black Mirror' finally has an air date as Netflix prepare to take over from Channel 4 and bring an extended third season to viewers. Creator Charlie Brooker has remained tight-lipped about the details of what to expect in the new series, but the cast, crew and episode titles have all been unveiled.
Charlie Brooker returns with 'Black Mirror'
The new series will be twice as long as the previous two at 6 episodes, 4 of which have been written by Charlie Brooker and many starring rising Hollywood stars. For those who aren't familiar with the series, it's basically a collection of short films; each exploring a different facet of society from technoloy and reality TV to politics and personal ethics.
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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In a unique throwback to the tradition of telling horror stories on Christmas Eve, a new Christmas special of Black Mirror has been announced.
Black Mirror, the television mini-series from UK Channel 4, is set for a feature length Christmas special this year. Previously taking the form of three one-hour episodes per season, this year the show will be broadcast as a one-off anthology, following three different, intertwining stories for the festive feature.
Brooker has gained tremendous critical acclaim for Black Mirror
The show debuted in December, 2011, with a shocking, satirical political thriller involving the British Prime Minister being blackmailed into having sex with a pig in return for the safe return of a kidnapped princess. The episode set the tone for the following series - a biting attack on state of society and the media, shown through the veil of a dystopian world.
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Watch as an infuriated Brooker attempts to bestow John Snow with the wisdom that comes with gaming.
As a fan of alternative culture, yet himself firmly absorbed in the mainstream, video games are excellent fodder for Charlie Brooker, as they combine both paradigms unlike any other medium. To promote his new show, How Videogames Changed the World, he argues with John Snow about violence in games and how many women engage in gaming.
John Snow won't be playing video games any time soon.
It all begins with Brooker, Snow and a new Playstation 4, which, considering it was only released today, Brooker doesn’t exactly know how to use, making switching games a difficult task. The first game they try out is Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest in a long line of shooters in the franchise. Brooker doesn’t exactly tear into the action, choosing to load a level that showcases the game’s visuals, while explaining to Snow that people of all ages and genders play it.
Richard Curtis returns with an exciting cast including Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy for 'About Time'.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Curtis, the man behind British romantic-comedy behemoths Notting Hill, Love Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary, is back with his latest foray into the best-loved movie genre. 'About Time' stars Domhnall Gleeson as Tim Lake, a 21-year-old who struggles with the opposite sex - that is, until his father (Bill Nighy) introduces him to an incredible time warp that will allows him a second chance on first impressions.
Tim - who appears to be playing a character not a million miles from the one he played in Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror- soon meets a beautiful girl named Mary (Rachel McAdams) whom he begins to date. However, Tim slips up during one of his time warps, discovering that Mary has never met him before and that several months of romance have simply vanished. He must try and win her back for a second time, though his special power comes with dangerous consequences.
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The final episode ends with a whimper not a bang
The final of Charlie Brooker’s trilogy Black Mirror aired last night on Channel 4, although unlike the wave of praise that came in for the previous two episodes, there was a generally more negative reaction to the latest, The Waldo Moment.
Each episode has been unconnected to the previous one, with standalone stories revolving around an unrelated cast of characters. The final episode saw what was essentially a cartoon character run for political office, but it gained a mix reaction on Twitter and among critics. “The message that we may complain about our politicians but they’re all we’ve got scored a bleak bulls-eye” wrote the Daily Telegraph, though they also commented “the end … descended into a hammy dystopian vision of Waldo becoming a means of universal mind control.” The Independent’s Neela Debnath addressed all three episodes and said of The Waldo Moment, “It is perhaps the weakest of the three in some ways because it is not as hard-hitting as the first two. It still has elements of brilliance but it’s almost as if Brooker ran out of steam.”
Twitter wasn’t impressed either. @trouse11 commented “Was anyone else left very disappointed by last night’s #blackmirror? Great potential, but clumsy and obvious satire,” while @ross_ferguson said “Black Mirror last night wasn’t as good as the other two in this series. episode two bent me over and made me breakfast though.” It’s not known yet whether Brooker will return for a third series.
Charlie Brooker's Channel 4 anthology series Black Mirror returned this week, with an altogether more dramatic and engaging season opener. Though praised for its uniqueness, the first installment of the show was dubbed unwatchable by some TV critics, with plot lines exploring the Prime Minister being forced into sexual intercourse with a pig and a talent show descending into pornography. Brooker's show was certainly hard hitting, though he seems to have toned things down for season two, sacrificing some of the surrealism for a more narrative driven approach.
Last night's episode - Be Right Back - was set in a distorted reality future, following young couple Ash (Domhall Gleeson) and Martha (Hayley Atwell). When Ash is killed in a road accident, his girlfriend signs up for a computer program that trawls the internet for Ash's public information and creates a profile representing him, which replies realistically to her messages. The Guardian gave the show a positive review, "This Black Mirror feels less like the usual Brookerian nightmarish video game dystopia, and more like 2019. It's also less satirical and acerbic than some of his previous television; not just a technology-obsessed sarcastic underwhelmist's bleak view of the future," wrote critic Sam Wollaston. The Independent's Neela Debnath picked up on Brooker's ability to intrigue the Twitter generation, "Be Right Back works so well because it has captured the social media zeitgeist. It was a lovely and touching story."
Brooker - a former PC Zone writer - has become a familiar figure on British television in recent years. He won early acclaim for his Screenwipe series, a comedic yet intelligent look at current shows and how television is produced. He went on to create the Newswipe spin-off series as well as hosting 10 O'Clock Live and writing for The Guardian. His five-part horror drama Dead Set was nominated for the 2009 Best Drama Serial at the BAFTAs.
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has always been an unflinching sideways look at the way us humans conduct our lives. So where has Brooker - the perennial grump – taken us this time? And more importantly, is it any good?
Well, the answer is an unassailable: yes. It’s good. The Guardian –where Brooker spouts most of his paid disdain – says, “This Black Mirror feels less like the usual Brookerian nightmarish video game dystopia, and more like 2019. It's also less satirical and acerbic than some of his previous television; not just a technology-obsessed sarcastic underwhelmist's bleak view of the future. The Independent’s review, and don’t read it if you haven’t seen it as it’s basically just a blow by blow of the plot, praise the show as well as an evolution of Brooker’s writing style. “It won't have come as a great surprise to any viewer either that this was a futuristic version of "The Monkey's Paw", that terrible short story about the dangers of getting what you wish for,” goes the review. “Oddly, though, it was a tender, more wistful account of the fable, neither of those adjectives you would have associated with Charlie Brooker even a few years ago.”
Black Mirror has been so popular that Robert Downey Jr decided to option an earlier episode with a view to morphing it into a science-fiction thriller in Hollywood. The Entire History of You – the episode in question, which first aired in 2011 – was actually written by Peep Show writer, Jesse Armstrong, though.
The International Emmy Awards is a celebration of the best television made outside of the USA. This year, Brits won just two awards, which included Best Documentary for Terry Pratchett's 'Choosing to Die', and Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' won in the category of Best TV Movie/Mini-Series.
Pratchett's documentary was given a hefty amount of criticism from religious charities and leaders, as well as politicians, who all considered it to be 'euthanasia propaganda'. Clearly however, the judges of the awards thought much more highly of the film, which followed Peter Smedley, a victim of motor-neurone disease, and his journey towards his 'assisted death'. Having been diagnosed with Alzheimers, the fantasy fiction writer has been outspoken regarding his support of euthanasia and assisted death, according to the Daily Mail he has criticized the government for not considering dementia a 'real' disease, forcing families into 'bankrupcy' rather than treatment being available by the NHS.
Charlie Brooker's satirical and astute political drama series, Black Mirror, also won at the awards. First broadcast in 2011, it has since been commissioned for a second series, according to the BBC. Channel 4 described it as a 'twisted parable' the meaning of which clearly conveyed itself effectively to the award organisers.