Black Mirror (2011– )
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Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.

Director:

Otto Bathurst

Writers:

Charlie Brooker, Charlie Brooker (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Kinnear ... Michael Callow
Lindsay Duncan ... Alex Cairns
Donald Sumpter ... Julian Hereford
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Tom Bilce
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Jane Callow
Patrick Kennedy ... Section Chief Walker
Alastair Mackenzie ... Martin
Chetna Pandya ... Malaika
Alex Macqueen ... Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Jay Simpson ... Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero Helen Fospero ... Lucinda Towne
Lydia Wilson ... Princess Susannah
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Lauren
Andrew Knott ... Brian
Allen Leech ... Pike
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Storyline

In a run-up to Christmas the British Prime Minister Michael Callow is woken up and shown a disturbing video. On it he sees that people's princess Susannah of Beaumont has been abducted and will allegedly be murdered unless he has sex with a pig on live television. An effort to trace the kidnapper on a deserted campus proves to be in vain and Michael dismisses his aides' suggestion that a porn star perform the bestiality with the PM's face digitally superimposed. News coverage and Internet tweeters go into overdrive as Michael ultimately does his duty, in a deserted room with one camera man and a seemingly contented pig. Despite being ordered not to look, millions of people tune in though their amusement soon turns to horror at what they see. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

At the beginning of the episode, at around 16:43, a group of nurses discuss some rules, cinematic movement, and mention Lars von Trier. Two years later, Sophie Kennedy Clark, one of the nurses, starred as B in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013), both directed by Lars von Trier. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, a telephone rings with the single tone used in North America; British phones ring with a double tone. See more »

Quotes

Alex Cairns: [en route to film studio] We've ratified the law. After midnight, it will be a criminal offense to store any recording or still images of the event.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Organum
By Max Richter
From "The Blue Notebooks"
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Watchers of the American franchise won't like this
31 January 2018 | by how-64844See all my reviews

I'd say the Netflix-bought Black Mirror is in generally better and more relatable to the masses, so if you've seen Season 3 and 4 before 1 and 2 then you'd probably find this episode bad. This is the first episode I've seen of the series and the story is far-fetched, but the execution is still very convincing. Season 1's episodes are slow and dragged out but they are consistently sad and disturbing like how they're meant to be. I can actually only watch one episode a day because it's very depressing, but it also makes me curious of how worse the next one would be.


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