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    by Fri September 12th, 2014, 07:45

    Great news! Looking forward to this.
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    by Sun December 14th, 2014, 16:25



    If all the pre-Christmas cheer is getting a bit much for you, then the new Black Mirror special from Charlie Brooker is essential viewing - a tech horror story in three acts, 'White Christmas' explores the dark side of Yuletide.

    Brooker, though, insists that the decidedly un-festive special is not intended as a riposte to traditional Christmas programming - even if he objects to the manner in which certain parties exploit sentimentality at this time of year.

    "I think it's f**king incredible that a f**king supermarket has turned the First World War into an advert for a f**king chocolate bar - I think it's staggering," he begins.

    "Having said that, I quite like Christmas specials - but I missed the tradition of having ghost stories at Christmas.

    "It felt like if we were going to be doing a big one-off Black Mirror then Christmas was a good fit for it - more so than Halloween. For me, it's a more evocative time and it gives us a slightly different spin on things."

    Both Brooker and 'White Christmas' star Rafe Spall agree that there's a tradition of slightly gloomy drama in the dying days of the year.

    "If you think about something like The Snowman, there's a melancholy and a strangeness to it," suggests Spall.

    "...and EastEnders at Christmas is never cheerful or feel-good," Brooker adds. "It's basically kittens being thrown into a cement mixer for an hour."

    Spall accepted a part in Black Mirror without having ever seen the series, but having once read a script for a previous episode, the Get Santa star says he "knew the world" he was going into.

    "But it was the quality and originality of the writing [that appealed]," he explains. "It truly is wholly original and that's a rare thing to come across in this industry."

    Hamm's involvement in 'White Christmas' is described by Brooker as "fortuitous" - the Mad Men star sought out the writer on a previous trip to the UK after becoming obsessed with his BAFTA-nominated series.

    "I'd seen both previous series and absolutely loved it," Hamm reveals. "I mean, no-one in the States had seen it when I came over here to shoot it. No-one knew what I was talking about.

    "Now I have studio executives saying, 'Oh my God, have you seen this show?' - it really reached some sort of tipping point."

    Black Mirror looks set to continue doing that for some time to come - with more episodes lined up to follow the 90-minute 'White Christmas'.

    "Luckily the world is so horrible..." Brooker concludes, "...that there's constant inspiration."

    Black Mirror: White Christmas airs on Tuesday (December 16) at 9pm on Channel 4.

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    by Tue December 16th, 2014, 23:33

    Well that was very clever but very depressing! I loved how the stories intertwined, excellent edition.

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    by Mon December 29th, 2014, 12:46

    Interesting as usual. A bit depressing for Christmas but I liked it.

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    by Mon December 29th, 2014, 22:00

    Yep, it was a compelling watch, and the highlight of Xmas TV for me. Sounds like the show is starting to pick up more attention in America due to its availability on Netflix - hopefully it'll encourage Brooker to keep doing more.

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    by Sat September 26th, 2015, 20:40

    Netflix have commissioned 12 new episodes of this, with production due to start later this year.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvan ... tflix.html

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    by Sun September 27th, 2015, 10:30

    Fantastic news! One of the best shows of recent years for sure.

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    by Sun October 4th, 2015, 21:39

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferris
    Netflix have commissioned 12 new episodes of this, with production due to start later this year.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvan ... tflix.html
    12 are too many, I hope it won't be quantity over quality
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    by Thu November 3rd, 2016, 02:53

    I've watched the first 4 episodes of the new series and it has been brilliant, in fact each one has been better than the previous one and the latest I saw, San Junipero is my favourite Black Mirror episode to date, it made me feel so happy and I felt like I'd watched a movie by the end, that episode deserves an award.

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    by Thu November 3rd, 2016, 08:37

    I've watched Nosedive and Playtest so far which were both great, enjoying this new season. Looking forward to San Junipero as vice head good things from everyone who's seen it!
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    by Wed November 16th, 2016, 20:40

    Just started watching this! First two episodes in and I love it, so twisted and wicked, but I can see the methapors behind and it seems to also make fun of British society's curent state, right?
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    by Wed November 16th, 2016, 21:10

    Nosedive was great, and a scary imagining of how we could be living in ten years!

    Playtest was warped and kept me guessing right to the end.

    Shut Up and Dance was the darkest so far, the ending was utterly depressing!

    Still need to watch the rest!

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    by Wed November 30th, 2016, 22:31

    San Junipero was SO cool and heartwarming - it just made me want to live in 1987 forever

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    by Thu December 1st, 2016, 00:51

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller
    San Junipero was SO cool and heartwarming - it just made me want to live in 1987 forever
    So weird how the first perhaps third of the film I was thinking that the episode was probably not for me, but by the end it was my favourite one, once you start to work out what is happening. How did you find it?

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    by Thu December 1st, 2016, 21:43

    I actually guessed where it was going pretty early on! I enjoyed it from the start really cos of the nostalgia factor.

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    by Wed May 10th, 2017, 02:25

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller
    San Junipero was SO cool and heartwarming - it just made me want to live in 1987 forever
    This. Should be a full length film.

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    by Wed May 10th, 2017, 08:19

    Started watching this! Onto season 3... It's fu**ing brilliant!
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