Charlie Brooker attempts to explain where it all went wrong and just how wildly the TV and movie ideal differs from life's grim reality.
Runtime: 30 minutes
How TV Ruined Your Life - Black Mirror - Netflix
Black Mirror is a British science fiction anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, with Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as the programme showrunners. It examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter. The show premiered for two series on the British television channel Channel 4 on December 2011 and February 2013, respectively. After its addition to the catalogue in December 2014, Netflix purchased the programme in September 2015. It commissioned a series of 12 episodes later divided into the third and fourth series, each six episodes; the former was released on 21 October 2016 and the latter on 29 December 2017. A fifth series was announced on 5 March 2018. Black Mirror was inspired by older anthology shows like The Twilight Zone, which were able to deal with controversial, contemporary topics without fear of censorship. Brooker developed Black Mirror to highlight topics related to humanity's dependency on technology, creating stories that feature “the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy.” The series has received positive reviews and seen an increase in interest internationally, particularly in the United States after its addition to Netflix. In 2017, the well-received episode “San Junipero”, from series three, earned Black Mirror its first Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Brooker.
How TV Ruined Your Life - Series one and two - Netflix
The first two series of the programme were produced by Brooker's production company Zeppotron, for Endemol. An Endemol press release described the series as “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”, with the stories having a “techno-paranoia” feel. Channel 4 described the first episode, “The National Anthem”, as “a twisted parable for the Twitter age”. Black Mirror series 1 had a limited DVD release for PAL / Region 2 on 27 February 2012. A trailer for the second series was made by Moving Picture Company, and featured three interspersed storylines: “a dream sequence, the repetitive factory setting and the huge dust cloud that sweeps through the street at the ad's climatic end.” Aired from 22 January 2013, the advertisement was shown on Channel 4 and in cinemas. The second series had a DVD release, which like the first series DVD was PAL for region 2 only. In 2013, Robert Downey Jr. optioned the episode “The Entire History of You” (written by Jesse Armstrong) to potentially be made into a film by Warner Bros. and his own production company, Team Downey. The show was available in the U.S. on Netflix from late 2014 onwards.
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