List of Black Mirror episodes

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Black Mirror is a British television series created by Charlie Brooker. The series is produced by Zeppotron for Endemol. Regarding the programme's content and structure, Brooker noted, "each episode has a different cast, a different setting, and even a different reality. But they're all about the way we live now; and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy."[1]

In September 2015, Netflix commissioned a series of 12 episodes,[2] which was later divided into two separate series, the third and fourth, each comprising six episodes.[3]

As of 29 December 2017, 19 episodes of Black Mirror have been released, including one special, concluding the fourth series. On 5 March 2018, Netflix ordered a fifth series of Black Mirror.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 3 4 December 2011 (2011-12-04) 18 December 2011 (2011-12-18) Channel 4
2 3 11 February 2013 (2013-02-11) 25 February 2013 (2013-02-25)
Special 16 December 2014 (2014-12-16)
3 6 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21) Netflix
4 6 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

No.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [5]
1 1 "The National Anthem" Otto Bathurst Charlie Brooker 4 December 2011 (2011-12-04) 2.07

Princess Susannah, a member of the British royal family, has been kidnapped. To return the Princess, the kidnapper demands that the country's Prime Minister, Michael Callow, has sexual intercourse with a pig on live television, otherwise he will kill her. Callow refuses to be blackmailed, but public opinion is gradually turning against him. Security forces are trying to locate the kidnapper, but every effort fails. Under pressure, Callow finally agrees to fulfill the demand. The British people gather in public places and watch the shocking broadcast, with no one realising that the kidnapper has already released the Princess, thirty minutes before Callow's sex act began. The kidnapper commits suicide by hanging and he is later revealed to be an artist, who planned the debacle in order to make a statement on people's obsession with the media. One year later, Callow's approval ratings have fully recovered, but his relationship with his wife has suffered a heavy blow.


Starring: Rory Kinnear and Lindsay Duncan.
2 2 "Fifteen Million Merits" Euros Lyn Charlie Brooker & Kanak Huq 11 December 2011 (2011-12-11) 1.52

Bing feels trapped living in an enclosed, automated space, as a member of a society that rides power-generating stationary bikes in exchange for "merits", a form of currency they can use to buy things they need. One day, he hears a girl named Abi singing in the bathroom and falls in love with her. He decides to gift her fifteen million merits, that she can use to buy a ticket for a talent show. Abi accepts and enters the contest, where she is given a psychotropic beverage to drink before she goes on stage. The judges are impressed with her singing, but they suggest she is better suited for pornography. Abi accepts their offer, unable to think clearly. Bing returns to the stationary bikes, determined to earn back the merits he needs to enter the contest himself, and finally manages to buy a new ticket. When he enters the stage, he takes the opportunity to express his indignation and threatens to commit suicide, while other members are watching in the audience. When he finishes talking, the judges offer him a weekly show, where he will have the opportunity to rant about the system. Bing accepts their offer.


Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Rupert Everett.
3 3 "The Entire History of You" Brian Welsh Jesse Armstrong 18 December 2011 (2011-12-18) 0.87

People have implanted a "grain" behind their ear, which allows them to record everything they see and hear. Using a remote, a user can perform a "re-do", playing back their memories directly to their eye or to a video monitor. At a dinner party, Liam is suspicious of his wife Ffion's behaviour towards a man named Jonas. Returning home, Ffion admits that she used to be in a relationship with him. The next morning, Liam drunkenly heads to Jonas' house and forces him to delete every memory of sexual intercourse he had with Ffion. In the memories appearing on the monitor, Liam notices one from the time when he and Ffion were already in a relationship. Liam, afraid that he might not be the biological father of his child, returns home and demands that Ffion show him the re-do of that specific sexual encounter, in order to prove that they had used a condom. The re-do verifies that the two of them had unprotected sex. Sometime later, having been left alone in his house, Liam goes to the bathroom and uses a razor blade to cut out the grain from behind his ear.


Starring: Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker.

Series 2 (2013)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [5]
4 1 "Be Right Back" Owen Harris Charlie Brooker 11 February 2013 (2013-02-11) 2.01

Ash lives with his girlfriend Martha, spending a lot of time on social media, until one day he dies in a traffic accident. A few days later, Martha finds out that she is pregnant and decides to use a new technology that is able to simulate Ash's voice and personality on the phone, based on his social media profile and other audiovisual material. This service helps her overcome her despair, until one day she accidentally drops her phone and panics. The artificial Ash tells her of the service's experimental stage, in which she agrees to have the replica transferred into a synthetic body, almost identical to Ash. However, Martha realises that the android is not able to replicate the small details in her loved one's behaviour and starts distancing herself from it. Finally, Martha takes the artificial Ash to a cliff and orders it to jump off. As it begins to follow the order, Martha expresses her frustration that Ash would not have simply obeyed. As a response, the android starts begging for its life. Unable to get rid of it, she ends up keeping the android in the attic, where a few years later her little daughter visits it every weekend.


Starring: Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson.
5 2 "White Bear" Carl Tibbetts Charlie Brooker 18 February 2013 (2013-02-18) 1.69

A woman wakes up in a house with amnesia. She notices people on the street recording her on their phones, but when she speaks to them they ignore her. When a masked man opens fire at her with a shotgun, she flees and meets Jem, another woman running away from the "hunters". Jem explains that the people recording her have been affected by a signal that appeared on their screens, while the hunters are unaffected people acting sadistically. Τhe woman follows Jem in her plan to reach the transmitter and destroy it. When they reach the facilities, they are attacked by two more hunters. The woman manages to wrestle a shotgun away, but when she pulls the trigger it only sprays confetti, revealing that everything was staged. The woman is told that her name is Victoria Skillane and she has been found guilty for her part in the brutal killing of a young girl. She has been sentenced to undergo this psychological torture daily in the "White Bear Justice Park", where visitors are allowed to record her daily suffering. Victoria is returned to the house where she awoke and has her memory of the day's events wiped clean, in an extremely painful procedure.


Starring: Lenora Crichlow and Michael Smiley.
6 3 "The Waldo Moment" Bryn Higgins Charlie Brooker 25 February 2013 (2013-02-25) 1.28

Jamie Salter is a comedian controlling a vulgar computer-animated bear named Waldo on a late-night show. The character becomes popular with the British public and a pilot for a series is commissioned. Jamie reluctantly agrees to have Waldo enter an upcoming by-election to promote the pilot, having no interest in politics himself. Waldo is projected onto a screen on the side of a van and targets the Conservative candidate Liam Monroe by following him around during his campaign. Jamie sleeps with the Labour candidate Gwendolyn Harris, with whom he starts falling in love. When Gwendolyn follows her campaign manager's advice and distances herself from Jamie, he exposes her publicly as a career politician. Waldo gains more public support, attracting American interest for global branding, but Jamie rejects the idea. On the final day of the campaign trail, Jamie begs the public not to vote for Waldo. Monroe wins the election, with Waldo coming second and Gwendolyn third. In the future, Jamie wakes up homeless in a dystopian police state, with Waldo's face appearing on every screen on the streets.


Starring: Daniel Rigby, Chloe Pirrie, and Jason Flemyng.

Special (2014)[edit]

No.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions) [5]
7 "White Christmas" Carl Tibbetts Charlie Brooker 16 December 2014 (2014-12-16) 1.66

On Christmas Day, Matt and Joe start talking about their past for the first time, after five years that they have been stationed together in a remote cabin. Matt used to help single men seduce women. His clients had optical implants that allowed him to see through their eyes and give them advice in real-time using the "Eye-Link" technology. His main profession, however, was subjugating artificial copies of clients' consciousness, stored into bean-sized chips called "cookies", into docile personal assistants in charge of running smart houses. Joe reveals that after a domestic squabble, his pregnant girlfriend Beth "blocked" him, using a technology that turned them into incomprehensible pixelated blurs to each other. The block lasted for years, preventing him from talking to Beth or the child, until Beth died in an accident. Joe found the child in Beth's father's cabin, but the man told him that the little girl was not his daughter. Angered, Joe bashed his head with an object and left. After Joe tells Matt that the girl also died in the blizzard, trying to get help for her grandfather, it is revealed that everything is taking place inside Joe's cookie, where Matt was trying to extract Joe's confession, in exchange for his own release from prison. Due to his Eye-Link-related voyeurism, Matt is registered as a sex offender, resulting in him being universally blocked following his release. Joe's artificial consciousness remains trapped in the cabin, having its time perception changed to 1,000 years a minute.


Starring: Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin, and Natalia Tena.

Series 3 (2016)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original release date
8 1 "Nosedive" Joe Wright Story by : Charlie Brooker
Teleplay by : Rashida Jones & Mike Schur
21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

Using eye implants and mobile devices, people rate their online and in-person interactions on a five-star scale. This system cultivates insincere relationships, as a person's rating significantly affects their socioeconomic status. Lacie is a young woman currently rated at 4.2 and keen to achieve self-improvement, hoping to reach a 4.5 rating to qualify for a discount to a luxury apartment. Lacie tries to gain favour from highly-rated people, as they have larger impacts on scores, and sees a great chance to achieve her goal, when school friend Naomi asks her to be maid-of-honour at her upcoming wedding, with many highly-rated guests. After a series of mishaps on her way to the wedding that send her ratings plummeting, Naomi calls Lacie and tells her not to come. Enraged, Lacie manages to get to the celebratory dinner; she grabs the microphone and starts giving the speech she had written. The guests rate her negatively, causing her rating to drop to zero. She becomes dangerously upset and security removes her from the area. She is placed in a cell and has the technology supporting the rating system removed from her eyes. Feeling liberated, she gets into an argument with a man, without worrying about being rated.


Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Cherry Jones, and James Norton.
9 2 "Playtest" Dan Trachtenberg Charlie Brooker 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

Cooper leaves his home in America to travel the world, but ends up stranded in England after a banking error. He avoids calling his mother for help, as he has been unable to connect with her following his father's death due to early-onset Alzheimer's. While staying at the house of a girl he had slept with the previous night, Cooper offers to participate in a playtest of an augmented reality video game. A gadget with the ability to layer lifelike images and sounds into his perception is implanted at the back of his neck, though a phone call from his mother causes an interference during the initialisation process. After the gadget probes his brain for information on things that scare him, the test begins with Cooper being left alone in a spooky mansion. There, Cooper endures some jumpscares at first, but when he later experiences severe mental and physical pain the test is terminated. Cooper returns home to his mother, who does not recognise him, and he realises that—like his father—she too has been afflicted with Alzheimer's. At this point, it is revealed that all events subsequent to the signal interference were taking place in Cooper's head. The interference had caused his brain synapses to light up all at once, resulting in his death shortly afterwards.


Starring: Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, Wunmi Mosaku, and Ken Yamamura.
10 3 "Shut Up and Dance" James Watkins Charlie Brooker & William Bridges 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

Kind nineteen-year-old Kenny downloads an anti-malware program to fix his infected laptop. Unbeknownst to him, the program activates his laptop camera, which records him masturbating to internet porn. Hackers threaten to e-mail a video of his act to his entire contacts list, unless he follows their instructions. Another victim of the hackers gives Kenny a box with a cake inside, which he then has to deliver to Hector, a man being blackmailed over infidelity. Kenny and Hector get into an assigned car and drive to a bank, which they must rob using a gun hidden inside the cake. Kenny robs the bank and they drive to the drop-off point in a nearby wood. Kenny alone carries the money, as Hector leaves to destroy the car. In the wood, Kenny meets another man, who is being blackmailed for watching child pornography. The man explains to Kenny that they are to fight to the death and attacks him. Kenny manages to kill the man, but the hackers leak all the blackmail material of their victims anyway. Kenny receives a call from his crying mother, where it is revealed that he too was masturbating to child pornography. The police arrive at his location and apprehend him.


Starring: Alex Lawther and Jerome Flynn.
11 4 "San Junipero" Owen Harris Charlie Brooker 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

In 1987, shy Yorkie visits a bar in a beach resort town named San Junipero, where she meets the outgoing Kelly. The two young women are attracted to each other and they sleep together. After that, Yorkie is not able to find Kelly again, until a man suggests looking for her in a different time. Yorkie visits 1980, 1996, and finally manages to find Kelly in 2002. Kelly explains that she is dying and that she was not looking for a relationship. San Junipero is revealed to be a virtual world, set across different time periods, where dead people can upload their artificial consciousness, while visitors, like Yorkie and Kelly, can test the trial period of the system once a week. In real life, old Kelly visits bedridden Yorkie in a hospital, and discovers that she was paralyzed 40 years earlier, after running her car off the road in despair, when her parents rejected her for coming out. Kelly marries Yorkie and authorises her wish to be euthanised and uploaded to San Junipero. As her health worsens, Kelly elects to do the same, overcoming her thoughts of her dead husband and daughter who were not uploaded to the system. Kelly and Yorkie reunite in San Junipero forever.


Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.
12 5 "Men Against Fire" Jakob Verbruggen Charlie Brooker 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

Soldiers are exterminating mutated humans called "roaches" in a foreign country, using a neural implant called MASS, which enhances their senses and provides instant data via augmented reality. When soldier Stripe encounters several aggressive roaches, one of them uses a mysterious device that disrupts his MASS interface. The next day, Stripe starts seeing roaches as humans, and tries to save a frightened woman from his fellow female soldier, Hunter. The woman tells him that MASS disguises the fact that roaches are regular humans, hated by everyday civilians due to propaganda and prejudice. Hunter knocks Stripe unconscious and brings him back to the military base, where he is incarcerated. An officer named Arquette reveals to him that the true purpose of the MASS implants is to dehumanise the enemy, allowing soldiers to kill them more efficiently, as part of an eugenics program. Arquette threatens to imprison Stripe, endlessly looping raw footage of him killing ordinary humans during his service, unless he consents to have his MASS system reset. Sometime later, Stripe returns home and sees a beautiful woman waiting for him. However, this is revealed to be a figment created by the MASS implant, as in reality he is standing alone outside a dilapidated shack.


Starring: Malachi Kirby, Madeline Brewer, Ariane Labed, Sarah Snook, and Michael Kelly.
13 6 "Hated in the Nation" James Hawes Charlie Brooker 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)

To counteract a drop in United Kingdom's bee population, Granular has developed robotic bees, known as "ADIs". Detectives Karin Parke and Blue Coulson, together with the help of NCA agent Shaun Li, discover that hacked ADIs have caused the deaths of two people by getting inside their heads, causing unbearable pain. Coulson finds that the two victims had been targeted with the "#DeathTo" hashtag on social media, as part of the "Game of Consequences", where the person that leads the hashtag tables is killed every day. After a third person is killed, the hashtag starts rapidly growing in use. The analysis of the compromised ADIs proves the hacker to be former Granular employee Garrett Scholes. Police raid his location, yielding a disk drive that contains a list of every person who has used the hashtag. Parke concludes that these people are Scholes' real targets. Agent Li deactivates the system to bounce the hacker out, but when it comes back online, swarms of ADIs target a total of 387,036 people, resulting in a tremendous massacre. Sometime later, Parke is summoned to a hearing, where she talks about her involvement in the case. Coulson, who is presumed to have committed suicide, finds Scholes abroad and texts Parke "Got him".


Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay, and Benedict Wong.

Series 4 (2017)[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original release date
14 1 "USS Callister" Toby Haynes Charlie Brooker & William Bridges 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

A woman wakes up on a Star Trek-esque space ship where the crew praise their all knowing and fearless captain, who has used DNA scans to simulate real people within his game.


Starring: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Michaela Coel, and Billy Magnussen.
15 2 "Arkangel" Jodie Foster Charlie Brooker 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

After nearly losing her daughter, a mother invests in a new technology that allows her to keep track of her child.


Starring: Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, and Owen Teague.
16 3 "Crocodile" John Hillcoat Charlie Brooker 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

A woman's past comes back to haunt her while an insurance adjuster questions people about an accident with a memory machine.


Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower, Anthony Welsh, and Claire Rushbrook.
17 4 "Hang the DJ" Tim Van Patten Charlie Brooker 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

A new dating app allows the matched couples to be told how long their relationships will last.


Starring: Georgina Campbell and Joe Cole.
18 5 "Metalhead" David Slade Charlie Brooker 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

A woman attempts to survive in a dangerous land full of robotic guard-dogs.


Starring: Maxine Peake.
19 6 "Black Museum" Colm McCarthy Charlie Brooker 29 December 2017 (2017-12-29)

A woman enters a museum and listens to the proprietor's stories relating to the artifacts.


Starring: Douglas Hodge and Letitia Wright.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooker, Charlie (1 December 2011). "Charlie Brooker: the dark side of our gadget addiction". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (25 September 2015). "'Black Mirror' Lands at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Brooker, Charlie (2 August 2016). "Two seasons of six". Twitter. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (5 March 2018). "'Black Mirror' Renewed For Season 5 By Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c "Top 30 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

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