Go Back   Forums @ The Digital Fix > Entertainment Discussion Forums > Television Discussion

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 21-11-2011, 11:47   #1
aprout
worn to perfection
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs
Posts: 6,903
Thanks: 224
Thanked 360 Times in 224 Posts
Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror

Starts December 4th.



Press Release:
Quote:
Charlie Brooker (E4's Bafta-nominated Dead Set author) returns with Black Mirror, a new 3 x 60 minute scripted mini-series, commissioned by Head of Comedy Shane Allen and produced by comedy and drama producer Zeppotron.

Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone - a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Our grip on reality is shifting. We worship at the altars of Google and Apple. Facebook algorithims know us more intimately than our own parents. We have access to all the information in the world, but no brainspace left to absorb anything longer than a 140-character tweet.

Black Mirror is a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world. The three stand-alone dramas will be sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent - all audacious ‘what if' stories: some comic, some shocking.

Charlie Brooker says: ‘Growing up, I always loved The Twilight Zone and shows of that ilk. Black Mirror won't be anything like those, but on the other hand, it's closer to them than, say, Downton Abbey. It combines satire, technology, absurdity, and a pinch of surprise, and it all takes place in a world you almost - almost - totally recognise. It changes each week - like the weather, but hopefully about 2000 times more entertaining. If you don't like it, you will be beaten about the face and neck by Channel 4 executives.'

Head of Comedy, Shane Allen says: ‘This is satirical drama for the social media generation all rooted in the world around us now. A thought-provoking and gripping reflection and extrapolation of current social, cultural and technology-inspired trends and fears. Charlie's writing is imbued with a beautiful blend of emotion and intelligence that pulls you in to a thrilling projection of themes which surround our everyday. In a world where bloggers can communicate from beyond the grave and a world leader can watch an assassination in real time on the other side of the planet there is much to say about how we live and what values we share. Now, if I can just convince Charlie to introduce it all from a fireside chair we're quids in.'

Black Mirror will be Executive Produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones and series produced by Barney Reisz for Zeppotron. The series will be filmed over the summer and is expected to air later this year.
http://www.channel4.com/info/press/n...w-comedy-drama
aprout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-11-2011, 12:39   #2
Guest 80951
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
interesting!
  Reply With Quote
Old 23-11-2011, 23:05   #3
scoobyood
Tony Danza
 
scoobyood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Zagreb
Posts: 8,418
Thanks: 705
Thanked 862 Times in 454 Posts
The title alone is smarter than anything on ITV in the last ten years. I'm excited for this.
scoobyood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-11-2011, 01:06   #4
Richie
Trusted User
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 23,671
Thanks: 238
Thanked 159 Times in 82 Posts
Well, at least one of them rips off is a homage to 'Strange Days'.
Richie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-11-2011, 00:45   #5
Guest 62452
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Totally down for this.

That first one with recordable memories reminds me a little of Strange Days.

EDIT:
Yeah, glad to see Richie already noted this

Last edited by max314; 25-11-2011 at 00:49.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 09:08   #6
Fatbloke
PSN : Fatbloke-66
 
Fatbloke's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Deepest Barking
Posts: 9,117
Thanks: 363
Thanked 501 Times in 299 Posts
Bump for tonight - 9pm on c4 or 4HD

I've seem a couple of stories about this show over the past few days. CB has been out and about doing his PR stuff.
Fatbloke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 10:31   #7
MetalGearAl
Trusted User
 
MetalGearAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Thereabouts
Posts: 19,654
Thanks: 28
Thanked 60 Times in 34 Posts
Cheers for the bump, looking forward to this!
MetalGearAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 21:41   #8
Fatbloke
PSN : Fatbloke-66
 
Fatbloke's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Deepest Barking
Posts: 9,117
Thanks: 363
Thanked 501 Times in 299 Posts
Black comedy it certainly is - loving it so far, but I cannot guess how it's going to end!
Fatbloke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 21:53   #9
Guest
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Wouldn't they have been able to tell the difference between a hairy man's, manky finger and a manicured princess's?
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 21:55   #10
DeadYankee
.
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 33,760
Thanks: 952
Thanked 1,871 Times in 1,009 Posts
What a load of crap. Brooker really needs to think about his limitations.
DeadYankee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:00   #11
Psycho
Trusted User
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Croydon, London
Posts: 10,135
Thanks: 799
Thanked 156 Times in 92 Posts
Brilliant! Loved it!

I wonder if anyone will get ideas from this...

David Cameron and live pig, would you watch?

Psycho
__________________
Graphic Design Website: www.ph-design.co.uk
Twitter: @pHdesign2011
eBay Auctions: Nothing at the moment
Trader Feedback: Trader Feedback Thread
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:01   #12
ian turner
Trusted User
 
ian turner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: the pits
Posts: 12,337
Thanks: 15
Thanked 314 Times in 302 Posts
"The first great work of art of the 21st century"
I think he was taking pot shots on too wide a range of targets.
1 How the press will endanger a victims life to get a story
2 How far a politician will go for poll ratings
3 How stupid the arts are
4 How long the public will watch something downright unwatchable (the act not the programme)
And probably a selection of others.
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
All important data is backed up. If you didn't back it up it wasn't important
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ian turner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:01   #13
Guest 3357
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I thought that was very good.

They could have put some stockings on the pig though.

Last edited by sigur; 04-12-2011 at 22:02.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:10   #14
ajr90
Gamertag: Holden Carver
 
ajr90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,251
Thanks: 28
Thanked 36 Times in 22 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by ian turner View Post
"The first great work of art of the 21st century"
I think he was taking pot shots on too wide a range of targets.
1 How the press will endanger a victims life to get a story
2 How far a politician will go for poll ratings
3 How stupid the arts are
4 How long the public will watch something downright unwatchable (the act not the programme)
And probably a selection of others.
I don't see where you're getting #1 from. The press weren't endangering anyone's life by reporting the story; rather, the target that Brooker was taking potshots at there was the insanity that is a story being all over the internet but the news not being allowed to report on it.

With point #4, I'd say the target was more than that; it's not just that the public watched it happen, but they were complicit in making it happen. The point being the danger of the crowd, as uninformed opinions lead to decisions being taken that, actually, turn out to be a bad idea - 86% of people said he should have sex with the pig, then they watch it and, actually, that's not what they wanted.

I thought the ending was a misstep, mind. I would've thought the opposite would happen - that, disgusted by the whole thing, the public would attempt to erase it from their collective memories by having him booted out and replaced with a new PM, so they could pretend the whole thing never happened.
__________________
Harsin: "Sick of being held back by THE MAN in Westminster, I dreamt of a city full of social decay, where charity shops and Starbucks could coexist and chavs could run free. I dreamt of... Swindon."
ajr90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:15   #15
ROne
Trusted User
 
ROne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,024
Thanks: 61
Thanked 51 Times in 36 Posts
Brilliant Tv. Very funny twist on the kidnap scenario.

I would add to that list above - how old news no matter how severe is quickly forgotten.

Best thing Ive seen in ages.
__________________

Red DRAGON / EPIC Digital Cinema Owner/Operator - if you want to make a film most things considered!
ROne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:16   #16
Psycho
Trusted User
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Croydon, London
Posts: 10,135
Thanks: 799
Thanked 156 Times in 92 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajr90 View Post
I thought the ending was a misstep, mind. I would've thought the opposite would happen - that, disgusted by the whole thing, the public would attempt to erase it from their collective memories by having him booted out and replaced with a new PM, so they could pretend the whole thing never happened.
The ending was the only part I wasn't keen on. It didn't feel right and I also was expecting him to be kicked out and maybe even killing himself.

Psycho
__________________
Graphic Design Website: www.ph-design.co.uk
Twitter: @pHdesign2011
eBay Auctions: Nothing at the moment
Trader Feedback: Trader Feedback Thread
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:17   #17
MetalGearAl
Trusted User
 
MetalGearAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Thereabouts
Posts: 19,654
Thanks: 28
Thanked 60 Times in 34 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajr90 View Post
I don't see where you're getting #1 from. The press weren't endangering anyone's life by reporting the story; rather, the target that Brooker was taking potshots at there was the insanity that is a story being all over the internet but the news not being allowed to report on it.
How about the female reporter who could have ruined the operation?
MetalGearAl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:19   #18
Fatbloke
PSN : Fatbloke-66
 
Fatbloke's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Deepest Barking
Posts: 9,117
Thanks: 363
Thanked 501 Times in 299 Posts
I knoticed the next show, all about fame, airs after the xfactor final
Fatbloke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:21   #19
Apostate
Trusted User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,385
Thanks: 1
Thanked 12 Times in 6 Posts
Don't think there was any one point being made more a general essay on our times.
Apostate is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 22:22   #20
Psycho
Trusted User
 
Psycho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Croydon, London
Posts: 10,135
Thanks: 799
Thanked 156 Times in 92 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fatbloke View Post
I knoticed the next show, all about fame, airs after the xfactor final
I picked up on that!

I can't stand programmes like X Factor, so I'll be interested to see next weeks Black Mirror.

Psycho
__________________
Graphic Design Website: www.ph-design.co.uk
Twitter: @pHdesign2011
eBay Auctions: Nothing at the moment
Trader Feedback: Trader Feedback Thread
Psycho is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The new calling all CHARLIE BROOKER fans thread. Dear Mr Echo Television Discussion 50 19-03-2011 05:07
Calling all Charlie Brooker fans BigH Television Discussion 1009 10-02-2011 06:15
Dead Set - Charlie Brooker - Zombie Mini Series - 27/10 - 31/10 E4 @ 10PM SpaceCoyote Television Discussion 1 27-10-2008 11:54
Charlie Brooker - new book out?? springer Books and Comics Discussion 8 01-07-2008 10:43

All times are GMT. The time now is 16:11.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018 Poisonous Monkey Ltd. Part of The Digital Fix Network