Netflix has revealed details – including some very impressive guest stars and directors – for the next season of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror at its Television Critics Association (TCA) panel. The show will be debuting on the streaming service for the first time globally on 21 October, 2016.
The six episodes will be:
- “San Junipero” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who, Undercovers, Touch) and Mackenzie Davis (The Martian) in an episode directed by Owen Harris (Misfits, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl).
- “Shut Up And Dance” starring Jerome Flynn (Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street) and Alex Lawther (young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game) in an episode directed by James Watkins (The Woman In Black).
- “Nosedive” starring Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Norton (Happy Valley, War & Peace) in an episode directed by Joe Wright (Atonement).
- “Men Against Fire” starring Michael Kelly (House Of Cards), Malachi Kirby (Roots) and Madeline Brewer (Hemlock Grove) in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, London Spy).
- “Hated In The Nation” starring Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire) in an episode directed by James Hawes (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful).
- “Playtest” starring Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street) and Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys) in an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane).
The official synopsis describes Black Mirror season three as, “an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st century existence back at us.”
At the TCA panel, Brooker described the episode “Nosedive” as a “social satire about the identity in the social media age” and “a cheerful classical nightmare”.
Exec producer Annabel Jones said of the casting the series: “We always try and set the story first — it’s got to feel right for the story, it’s got to feel right for the character. If someone is interested and there is a right story, then I think that is great. Once you start reverse-engineering stories, then you lose its authenticity.”
Brooker insisted the show is not anti-technology. “Technology is never the villain in the show… It’s about human failings and human messes.”
“The tech is really not even present,” added Jones. “It’s about society and its about how we communicate, the online rage and the consequences of that. These stories tend to be about the modern age and the modern world that we live in.”
Brooker admitted he didn’t see Pokemon Go coming, but they “do have an episode that has a video gaming scene. It’s fair to say that this season, some of the ideas are because we were aware of the greater progress of the world, that you’ve got to go two steps forward to stay ahead of reality at the moment. … There are things that are more more demented than Pokemon Go within this season.”