Black Mirror - In The Press

Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin are confirmed to co-star in the Black Mirror feature-length special due on Channel 4 this Christmas.

Channel 4 Press, 29th September 2014

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror to return for a Christmas special on Channel 4 The one-off special, called Yuletide, is billed as "the most mind-bending Black Mirror yet".

Channel 4 press, 21st August 2014

Channel 4 head of comedy Phil Clarke tells RadioTimes.com that there could be one episode of the dystopian anthology series this year.... with three more planned for 2015.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 5th February 2014

Sci-Fi is at its scariest though, not when it transports us to faraway lands and presents us with the frightening or grotesque, but when it presents us with the frighteningly possible and realistic. That's the world presented by Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, a series which presents a skewed version of our own reality in a set of cautionary tales that are both terrifying and frighteningly realistic.

Written by Oli Dowdeswell. So So Gay, 2nd February 2014

Charlie Brooker has promised more Black Mirror, saying that two 'helpings' of the Channel 4 drama are on the way.

Written by Christopher Hooton. Metro, 10th January 2014

Though Black Mirror sometimes lacks subtlety, that's sort of the point - we live in a world of ever-widening extremes. What the show does so cleverly is to merge this present reality with a sci-fi future so convincingly realised it seems more of a prediction than a warning. This series bettered the first, though the final episode, The Waldo Moment, suffered by comparison with the earlier instalments. Be Right Back, starring Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, was a beautiful, haunting exploration of virtual life after death, while the horror of White Bear, where punishment became entertainment, was hard to shake off.

The Radio Times, 26th December 2013

Charlie Brooker has revealed that his cult Channel 4 drama Black Mirror will return for a third series - but has no idea when.

Written by Caroline Westbrook. Metro, 29th November 2013

The satirist and former Guardian columnist on a special screening of his drama Black Mirror, and why fame has made him rethink his comedy.

Written by Andrew Anthony. The Guardian, 7th September 2013

Charlie Brooker says he has "ideas" for another run of Black Mirror if the show is recommissioned.

The Radio Times, 20th March 2013

Charlie Brooker has been kind to me in print, so I must be careful not to be too kind about him, lest people suspect that I am dishing out a quid pro quo. On the downside, his weekly show behind a desk (Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, BBC Two) sometimes makes it look as though he wants to eat the desk in his anger at the world.

But his larger dramatic creations reveal a Swiftian intelligence that is quite unusual when translated into an updated, high tech, electronic (squrrk!) field. There is quite a lot of squrrk! in Black Mirror. He wants you to know that your attention is being zapped into lightning trips from one field of reality to another.

The main reality in the latest show seemed to be that a helpless young woman was on the run from dozens of zombie-type vigilantes: shades of A Clockwork Orange, Assault on Precinct 13, etc.

But (squrrk!) not so fast. Towards the end it turns out that she is really the victim of a deadly game. With her wiped brain - Brooker is fond of the idea of the human mind being annihilated by television - she is being made to experience the suffering she caused when she tortured a child. But did she? Are the organizers of the game (see, as Brooker undoubtedly has, The Game, with Michael Douglas) normal people like us, at last getting the chance to inflict a just punishment that the psycho criminal will actually feel? Or what?

Doubts remain as the soundtrack says squrrk! Brooker used to be a companion at arms for Chris Morris but it is starting to look as if he, Brooker, has a scope all his own, and more powerful for being less parodic. He doesn't just make fun of television, which even I can do. He can see the fractures in life itself, as Swift could. On top of that he has the great virtue of having seen everything and yet not being derivative. His desk-eating savagery is too heartfelt for that.

Clive James, The Daily Mirror, 7th March 2013

Essentially, the second series lacked the key ingredients of the first: freshness and surprise.

Shouting At Cows Blog, 5th March 2013

Strong lead performances (Hayley Atweel, Lenora Crichlow and Daniel Rigby) have made the most of the nightmartish, almost ludicrous set-ups in Charlie Brooker's latest blast of three dystopian futures. Rigby is in perhaps the best of them, as a comedian who voices a rude satirical cartoon bear that ends up standing in a by-election.

Jack Seale, The Radio Times, 2nd March 2013

It seems like Black Mirror Series 2 had barely started, yet it's already over. Never shall we see its like again, at least until the inevitable third run.

Written by Nick Bryan. The Digital Fix, 28th February 2013

As much as the episode wanted us to believe Waldo was a hugely popular figure, the story also didn't sell that very well.

Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 26th February 2013

With its message so prominently in place by the midpoint, The Waldo Moment leaves little else for us to discover; protagonist Jamie is powerless to stop the media juggernaut he's set in motion, and with her brief career in tatters, Gwendolyn eventually shuffles out of the narrative with nothing more to do.

Written by Ryan Lambie. Den of Geek, 26th February 2013

This was no simple swipe at the state of modern politics. 'I wasn't even articulate - or funny. Which is almost worse,' lamented lugubrious comedian Jamie, Waldo's voice and puppet-master.

Written by Keith Watson. Metro, 26th February 2013

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror (Channel 4) satirical dramas are fast gaining a cult status. Not all succeed, and some are unwatchable, notably the opener of his first series, where the prime minister had sex with a pig. But this follow-up series has, generally, shown more nuance than the first.

Last night's closing instalment introduced us to an interactive cartoon bear, Waldo, who, in the manner of Ali G, did interviews with real-life people. He tangled with an almost equally caricatured Tory party candidate (Tobias Menzies), whom Waldo proceeded to stand against in a by-election. As a mockery of the deeply compromised ideals of modern politics - people who simply hated politics could now vote for Waldo - the satire worked.

This was because Brooker didn't over egg it, at least not until the end, which descended into a hammy dystopian vision of Waldo becoming a means of universal mind control. But before that final five minutes, Brooker didn't let Waldo actually win the by-election, and he made the comedian controlling the bear utterly reviled by his own actions - "He's not real! He doesn't stand for anything!" He also gave the Tory one rather good line: "If that thing is the main opposition then the whole system looks absurd. Which it may well be - but it built these roads." The message that we may complain about our politicians but they're all we've got scored a bleak bulls-eye.

Serena Davies, The Telegraph, 26th February 2013

Second run of Charlie Brooker's dystopian drama gets our vote.

Written by Lisa-Marie Ferla. The Arts Desk, 26th February 2013

There was general Twitter apathy for episode three, series two of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. Fans tweeted messages of disappointment that "The Waldo Moment" didn't live up to the first two episodes of the second series, and criticised the "clumsy and obvious" satire.

Written by Daisy Wyatt. The Independent, 26th February 2013

In the last of his Black Mirror series, Charlie Brooker pulled off another unexpected turn, setting us up for a crass "all politicians are con artists" satire but leaving you thinking a little harder about the consequences of such blanket cynicism. The storyline featured a melancholy television comic, trapped in the career cul-de-sac of providing the voice for a scabrous animated bear, who conducts Ali G-style interviews with unsuspecting politicians. When his producer decides he should stand in a by-election, he's horrified to discover that the electorate find him more interesting than the issues - his feelings further complicated by the fact that he's fallen for the Labour candidate. Like last week's drama, it felt a little rough around the edges here and there. But I wish we had more roughness like it.

Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent, 26th February 2013

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror (Channel 4) satirical dramas are fast gaining a cult status. Not all succeed, and some are unwatchable, notably the opener of his first series, where the prime minister had sex with a pig. But this follow-up series has, generally, shown more nuance than the first.

Written by Serena Davies. The Daily Telegraph, 25th February 2013

It's a shame that Black Mirror had to end on such a grey note, but overall the series managed to produce some stunning observations conjured up through eerily plausible alternate realities and hopefully will have done enough to pave the way for a third series.

Written by Lee Robson. Cult Box, 25th February 2013

The last of Charlie Brooker's dystopian dramas is the sharpest and lightest on its feet. It's also the most nakedly political. Daniel Rigby plays a depressed comedian, Jamie, who has found success on TV as the voice of Waldo, a foul-mouthed cartoon bear. Waldo's slot taking the mickey out of politicians on a weekly satire show is so popular that his media masters dream up a new stunt: Waldo will stand at a real by-election! (The producer figure, played by Jason Flemyng, who approves this idea is a priceless media twonk of the kind Brooker has been satirising since Nathan Barley.)

But things get complicated in the course of the by-election and the drama evolves into a story of why reviling politicians gets us nowhere. The system may be rotten but, as one character observes, "It built these roads."

David Butcher, Radio Times, 25th February 2013

The finale from Charlie Brooker's Channel 4 series could spark a new line in insults.

Written by Jane Simon. The Daily Mirror, 25th February 2013

Would anybody really vote for a TV cartoon character in a by-election? As imagined in the final, chillingly plausible satire in Charlie Brooker's technocentric trilogy, the worrying answer is, quite possibly, yes.

After ill-advised tweets lead to the downfall of a regional politician, there's a void to be filled. In the absence of any candidates the voters can believe in, TV PR spin fans social media into a frenzy, catapulting Waldo - a foul-mouthed animated bear - into the political arena.

Daniel Rigby (Eric Morecambe in BBC2's excellent Eric & Ernie) stars as the disillusioned comedian whose voice and movements animate the bitter Waldo.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 25th February 2013

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