Black Mirror

Series 1 - 2. Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Just as The X Factor departs our screens, Channel 4 dances on its grave with this poison-pen satire. Written by Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq (his wife of 16 months), it imagines a depressing future where our hero Bing (Daniel Kaluuya) is one of millions who ride exercise bikes in gyms all day while watching an X Factor-ish talent show called Hot Shot.

It’s a resoundingly bleak world they’ve created: people live in cells with walls of interactive video screens playing ads you must pay to avoid; everyone eats from vending machines; and everyone wears grey tracksuits, unless they commit the crime of getting fat, in which case they wear yellow smocks and appear on a brutal game show called Botherguts.

Bing’s dreary existence is lightened when he meets beautiful Abi (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey) and sees a way out of the drudgery for her, via a place on Hot Shot. The story evolves (very slowly, mind you) as a haunting allegory about the way TV exploits and humiliates us, and the production design is superbly grim. Shame the targets feel big and easy.

About this programme

2/3. Dark satire set in a future reality where everyone is confined to a life of physical drudgery - unless they can impress the judges of a popular talent show. Written by Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq, and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Rupert Everett, Jessica Brown Findlay, Julia Davis and Ashley Thomas.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bing
Daniel Kaluuya
Abi
Jessica Brown Findlay
Judge Hope
Rupert Everett
Judge Charity
Julia Davis
Judge Wraith
Ashley Thomas

Crew

Director
Euros Lyn
Executive Producer
Charlie Brooker
Executive Producer
Annabel Jones
Writer
Charlie Brooker
Writer
Kanak Huq
Categories
Drama

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