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Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' To Become Book Series


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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.

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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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Charlie Brooker at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards held at the BFI Southbank - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th May 2017

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Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq attends Jonathan Ross' annual Halloween party held at his home - London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq

Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq attends Jonathan Ross' annual Halloween party held at his home - London, United Kingdom - Monday 31st October 2016

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Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq

Writer Charlie Brooker seen arriving at the BBC Breakfast Studio's in Media City, Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th October 2016

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Jodie Foster To Direct An Episode Of 'Black Mirror' For 2017


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Legendary Hollywood actor-turned-director Jodie Foster is set to direct an episode of Charlie Brooker’s series ‘Black Mirror’ on Netflix for its next season.

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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Charlie Brooker Shares Episode Details For 'Black Mirror' Season 3


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The 6-episode third season of 'Black Mirror' is set to premiere on Netflix on Friday (October 21st 2016) and creator Charlie Brooker's finally teased a few details about what to expect from each episode of his dystopian anthology. The last two series recently returned to the service, so now's your chance to refresh your memory before his next onslaught.

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Nosedive: Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton, this episode is about social interaction in a world where every exchange is scrutinised and ranked. Charlie Brooker describes is as a 'social satire'. 'It's got a creepy serenity to it and won't be what people expect', he told EW.

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Charlie Brooker - BFI London Film Festival - 'Black Mirror' - Photocall at London Film Festival - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th October 2016

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The Star-Studded New Series Of 'Black Mirror' Is Heading To Netflix This Fall


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'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. 

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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. 

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Netflix Confirms It Is Making 12 New Episodes Of Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'


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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.

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New Series Of ‘Black Mirror’ Heading To Netflix?


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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.

Konnie Huq and Charlie BrookerCharlie Brooker with his wife Konnie Huq at the TV Bafta Awards in London, May 2015.

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Channel 4 Announces A New Festive Feature-Length Black Mirror


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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. 

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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 Charlie Brooker Convince John Snow That He's Missing Out On Video Games


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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 SnowJohn 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.

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Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror Series 2 Ends On Muted Note


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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.

Black Mirror: How Britain (And Hollywood) Fell In Love With Charlie Brooker


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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. 

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