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Black Mirror trivia: 75 mind-blowing facts about the TV series!

Black Mirror is an anthology science fiction TV series that has made a huge impact with its diverse and unique episodes!

It is truly a game changer! Currently it is in its fifth season!

  1. Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series
  2. It is created by Charlie Brooker
  3. With Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as the programme showrunners
  4. It examines modern society
  5. Particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies
  6. Episodes are standalone
  7. Usually set in an alternative present or the near future
  8. Often with a dark and satirical tone
  9. Though some are more experimental and lighter
  10. Black Mirror was inspired by older anthology series like The Twilight Zone
  11. Which were able to deal with controversial, contemporary topics without fear of censorship
  12. Brooker developed Black Mirror to highlight topics related to humanity’s relationship to technology
  13. Creating stories that feature “the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy”
  14. The series premiered for two series on the British television channel Channel 4 in December 2011 and February 2013, respectively
  15. After its addition to the catalogue in December 2014, Netflix purchased the programme in September 2015
  16. It commissioned a series of 12 episodes later divided into the third and fourth series
  17. Each six episodes
  18. The former was released on 21 October 2016
  19. And the latter on 29 December 2017
  20. A standalone interactive film titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on 28 December 2018
  21. A fifth series consisting of three episodes is set to be released on 5 June 2019
  22. The series has garnered positive reception from critics
  23. Received many awards and nominations
  24. And seen an increase in interest internationally
  25. Particularly in the United States
  26. After its addition to Netflix
  27. Two episodes, “San Junipero” (from the third series) and “USS Callister” (fourth series), won a total of six Emmy Awards
  28. With both episodes winning Outstanding Television Movie
  29. Charlie Brooker had completed production of Dead Set
  30. A zombie-based drama series
  31. And while working on Newswipe and other programmes
  32. He had decided that he wanted to make another drama series
  33. In an anthology style like The Twilight Zone, Tales of the Unexpected, and Hammer House of Horror
  34. Brooker recognised that Rod Serling had written episodes of The Twilight Zone using contemporary issues
  35. Often controversial
  36. Such as racism
  37. But placing them in fictional settings so as to get around television censors at the time
  38. Brooker realised he could do similar commentary on modern issues
  39. Specifically focusing on mankind’s dependency on technology
  40. Something he encountered while producing the series How TV Ruined Your Life
  41. Brooker wanted to keep the anthology approach
  42. Using new stories, settings, characters and actors for each episode
  43. As he felt this approach was a key element of enjoying series like The Twilight Zone
  44. This approach would allow Black Mirror to contrast with current dramas
  45. And serials that had a standard recurring cast
  46. According to Brooker, the production team considered giving the series a linking theme or presenter
  47. But ultimately it was decided not to do so
  48. While the production does not use linking elements
  49. The series has included allusions and Easter eggs from previous episodes into later ones
  50. For example, “Hated in the Nation” in the third series calls back to the events of both the first series episode “The National Anthem” and the second series episode “White Bear”
  51. While the final episode of the fourth series “Black Museum” includes references to each prior episode of the series
  52. Some of these are for the ease of reusing a name developed in a prior episode
  53. For example, they created the fictional “UKN” broadcast network for handling news reports that drive stories
  54. While the pizza delivery company used in “USS Callister” was used again for a company running automated pizza trucks in “Crocodile”
  55. Other Easter eggs were added as they knew viewers would be intensely dissecting the episodes
  56. And provided these as gags
  57. However, over time the use of Easter eggs became more purposeful
  58. As to establish a canon of the “dream universe” that the episodes take place in
  59. Brooker noted that when they opted to reuse a cover of Irma Thomas’ “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”, first introduced in “Fifteen Million Merits”, for “White Christmas”
  60. As it does sort of nest the whole thing together in some kind of artistic universe
  61. In describing the nature of Easter eggs in the standalone film Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Brooker alluded to dialogue said by character Colin Ritman that spoke towards alternate realities
  62. And suggested that their use of Easter eggs to previous episodes helps to connect all these stories
  63. But not necessarily within the same reality or timeline
  64. However, Brooker asserted that the Easter eggs in Black Mirror are only there as an extra bit of texture for fans of the show
  65. And not meant to fully construct an atlas of Black Mirror episodes that becomes essential for understanding any episode
  66. Giles Harvey comments in a profile of Brooker for The New Yorker that each episode establishes the background of normality against which a decisive tweak will stand out all the more starkly
  67. Harvey notes that the series’ diverse range of genres show that it is manifestly the work of someone who has clocked up many hours of screen time
  68. He further comments that Brooker is scrupulous
  69. As the believability of each episode depends on maintaining the complex internal logic of its dystopic world
  70. Brooker is involved during the filming and editing processes
  71. Pointing out any inconsistencies that arise
  72. And he is determined to make the devices and screens and interfaces used in ‘Black Mirror’ seem authentic
  73. Knowing that fans of the series have dissected some of these details by watching the episodes frame-by-frame
  74. Brooker and his team have included humorous jabs at these fans through printed messages on various props
  75. Such as a paragraph in a news article held up by a character directed to fans of the series on Reddit in “Crocodile”


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