Year: 2011 –
Creator: Charlie Brooker
Starring:Various including Domhnall Gleeson, Hayley Atwell, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rafe Spall, Jon Hamm
Length: 2 series, 3 fifty minute episodes per series plus 90 minute Christmas special
Summary: Incredible series of mini thrillers that make you think twice about the technology we use everyday.
Each stand alone episode of this dark, satirical series is set in the near-future and features technology that doesn’t yet exist but very easily could. The stories examine the way technology has infiltrated our everyday life and how this affects us as supposedly moral and feeling human beings.
I cannot recommend Black Mirror enough, never have I been more addicted to watching a show that can be so incredibly uncomfortable and chilling to watch. Starting off with what seems like an completely fictional piece of technology, or fictional world, the story sharply reveals how close this fiction is to our reality and how our current societal morals and ethics don’t necessary work in world where “robots” have more and more hold over us. However technology is not presented as wholly bad, it’s the humans who are bound to misuse the technology and turn it into something more sinister. And by questioning the way we use technology by pushing it to extremes, we’re forced to think about the way we use it ourselves now.
The technology in the show is also used as a tool to examine how humanity generally. Every character is driven by core human emotions such as greed, love, jealousy, and when the barriers of our current social rules are changed even slightly via technology it doesn’t take long for these emotions to lead people to act in some very unflattering and often violent ways.
There is a plethora of incredible British actors in every episode, as well as Mad Men’s Jon Hamm in the Christmas special, all bringing immense character and believability to these mostly normal people who are taken to extremes by their technology driven situation. The episodes are all quite different in tone and themes, but every one takes your breath away with how incredibly clever Charlie Brooker and the other writers are to have come up with these stunning and terrifying ideas. No words can do this show justice, you just have to watch it.