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S2-E3 The Waldo Moment

S2-E3 The Waldo Moment

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

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