Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, the drama offering an unsettling glimpse into the not-too-distant future, is to return for a second three-part run, which will start filming next month.
Broadcast last December, the first series of the controversial Channel 4 show featured stories about dystopian talent show TV, the dangers of recordable lives and terrorism taken to unspeakable porcine extremes.
Brooker, who revealed on Twitter that a new series had been commissioned, said: “Half of the things in the first run of Black Mirror seem to be on the verge of coming true.
“They’ve got prisoners in Brazilian prisons pedalling on exercise bikes to reduce their sentences (not entirely dissimilar to the episode 15 Million Merits) and Google Glass looks like copyright infringement as far as The Entire History of You is concerned.
“Thankfully no-one carried out a hideous form of blackmail involving a pig. Anyway, if the stories from the second run start coming true then we’re REALLY in trouble.”
Shane Allen, Channel 4’s head of comedy, compared Brooker’s “pioneering spirit” and “daring, complex, compelling originality” to that of the late Dennis Potter and Brasseye’s Chris Morris.
Allen said:”British drama seems particularly obsessed with murder and the past, often together. Black Mirror is a rare modern look at where society and individuals could be headed, given the all-pervasive deluge of social media and technology.”
The now notorious first instalment of Black Mirror, which featured a fictional British Prime Minister forced to have sex with a pig, received 322 complaints to Ofcom and Channel 4. But the episode won a prestigious Rose d’Or and the series was watched by an average of 1.5 million viewers, and streamed online by 2 million more.
The announcement comes ahead of the launch next week of Brooker’s new spoof cop show A Touch of Cloth.