Watch the first trailer for Black Mirror series 4

Charlie Brooker offers his first glimpse of the new run of the dystopian series – but it might not be as bleak as you expect...

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Here it is – the first look at the fourth series of Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology series Black Mirror, coming to Netflix later this year.

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The fourth run promises to have lighter moments, Brooker revealed at the Edinburgh Television Festival, with six new stories: Crocodile, Arkangel (directed by Jodie Foster), Black Museum, Metalhead, Hang the DJ and USS Callister.

The new stories will retain the traditional bleak commentary on a terrible dystopian future, said Brooker, but there will be a new, less miserable tone to some of the storytelling.

“We are varying the tone a little more, moving forward,” he said.

“If you did six downers that’s worse for everyone. I think we’re now able to adjust the tone more. Which is not to say we’re doing just uplifting episodes, we’re also doing more comedic episodes.”

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Brooker also revealed that the new run would vary the length of the episodes, with the shortest and the longest ever episodes of Black Mirror.