Black Mirror

Series 2 - 1. Be Right Back

Be Right Back
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Charlie Brooker’s fables of the near future return. It was one of the most disturbing and oddly hilarious dramas of last year, but repeating the trick is harder. Shock value in this new instalment comes from the premise that we might soon be able to re-create a dead loved one using their online history.
 
When a tragic accident robs Martha (Hayley Atwell) of her boyfriend Ash, she is tempted to try a cutting-edge internet service — and a virtual Ash returns to her in an unsettling parable about grief. It’s an intriguing idea, chillingly realised.

About this programme

1/3. Darkly satirical drama by Charlie Brooker, the first of three. Martha and Ash relocate to a remote cottage, but the following day he is killed while returning the hire van. At the funeral, Martha's friend Sarah tells her about a service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased - by using all of his past social media profiles, a new `Ash' can be created. Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson and Sinead Matthews star.

Cast and crew

Cast

Martha
Hayley Atwell
Ash
Domhnall Gleeson
Naomi
Claire Keelan
Sarah
Sinead Matthews
Dr Atunde
Chipo Chung
Simon
Tim Delap
Midwife
Flora Nicholson
Delivery man
Glenn Hanning
Sarah's man
Richard Glaves
Martha's daughter
Indira Ainger

Crew

Director
Owen Harris
Executive Producer
Charlie Brooker
Executive Producer
Annabel Jones
Producer
Barney Reisz
Writer
Charlie Brooker
Categories
Drama