Black Mirror

Series 2 - 3. The Waldo Moment

The Waldo Moment
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

The last of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian dramas is the sharpest and lightest on its feet. It’s also the most nakedly political. Daniel Rigby plays a depressed comedian, Jamie, who has found success on TV as the voice of Waldo, a foul-mouthed cartoon bear. Waldo’s slot taking the mickey out of politicians on a weekly satire show is so popular that his media masters dream up a new stunt: Waldo will stand at a real by-election! (The producer figure, played by Jason Flemyng, who approves this idea is a priceless media twonk of the kind Brooker has been satirising since Nathan Barley.)

But things get complicated in the course of the by-election and the drama evolves into a story of why reviling politicians gets us nowhere. The system may be rotten but, as one character observes, “It built these roads.”

About this programme

3/3. A failed comedian who appears on a late-night topical show in the form of an anarchic blue bear is asked by producers to stand at a by-election as his adopted character. But how will politicians and the voting public react? Satirical drama, written by Charlie Brooker, starring Daniel Rigby, Tobias Menzies, Jason Flemyng, Chloe Pirrie and Christina Chong.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jamie
Daniel Rigby
Gwendolyn
Chloe Pirrie
Jack Napier
Jason Flemyng
Liam Monroe
Tobias Menzies
Tamsin
Christina Chong
Roy
Michael Shaeffer
Robert
Jack Monaghan
Simon Finch
Louis Waymouth
Philip Crane
Pip Torrens
Colin
Michael Webber
Juliet
Abigail Thaw
Gordon
Bruce Mackinnon
Conor Simpson
James Lance
Jeff
David Ajala
Jim
Kenneth Collard
Sara
Amber Anderson
Shaun
Ed Gaughan
Campaign agent
James Richard Marshall
Returning officer
Daniel Tatarsky
Reporter
James Howard
Woman with pushchair
Sarah Hoare

Crew

Director
Bryn Higgins
Executive Producer
Charlie Brooker
Executive Producer
Annabel Jones
Producer
Barney Reisz
Writer
Charlie Brooker
Categories
Drama

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