Black Mirror review (DVD)

Here we have three new stories from the slightly twisted mind of one Charlie Brooker – the cynical, snarky, misanthropic video game reviewer turned newspaper columnist turned TV host and screenwriter.

Brooker had huge success a couple of years ago with the dark, clever (and very funny) Big Brother zombie series Dead Set. Now he turns his gaze on our modern obsession with technology and gadgets with this Twilight Zone-inspired three-part series of twisted tales ... 

The National Anthem: Princess Susannah has been kidnapped. To secure her release, Prime Minister Michael Callow (Kinnear) has to meet an unusual request – have sex with a pig, live on national television. The kidnappers, of course, post their demand on YouTube. And, of course, it goes viral. The media is all over it – "The Guardian are running a fucking liveblog" – while No.10 tries desperately to keep a lid on the situation and track down the missing princess. The internet goes ballistic, with an estimated 10,000 tweets a minute and more than 18 million viewings of the YouTube video. The 4pm deadline approaches ... will the PM go through with it, and fuck a pig on live TV?

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Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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