We’re not long away from the Netflix Original premiere of Charlie Brooker’s first season of Black Mirror that’s been produced exclusively for Netflix. Black Mirror, without a doubt the most popular series in the Netflix Originals October lineup is Black Mirror.
With the premiere series release set for October 21st, there’re only a few weeks remaining before we get our fix of an extended season of Black Mirror to join the two seasons and Christmas special currently on Netflix.
Black Mirror, a British series that began on Channel 4, broadcasts more experimental programming than those of ITV and the BBC. The series creator, Charlie Brooker is most known for his comedy on his popular news satirical program, Newswipe.
Every episode of Black Mirror is a completely new episode. Each episode tells a story using one idea or technology. Each episode sits at 43 minutes and can range from a future where everyone has implants allowing you to recall moments from your past or a future reality where you’re able to bring your partner back from the dead.
You can now watch Black Mirror both seasons, which includes three episodes and a special Christmas episode starring Jon Hamm. Every episode features a different cast, so there is no one episode that has the exact same actor.
We mentioned that Black Mirror was produced and carried by Channel 4, but we can fast-forward to today and see that Netflix is now the only producer and will distribute it around the globe on Netflix Originals. What is the secret to how it happened?
DigitalSpy reports that the series was originally to have been produced by Channel 4. However, the company responsible for producing the show decided to involve Netflix after giving the show a larger budget. This would enable them to produce more episodes and better quality. Although it was initially believed that Channel 4 would own the UK rights, with Netflix streaming elsewhere in the United Kingdom, those communications fell apart and the show is now a Netflix Original.
An initial twelve episodes were produced as part of the agreement between Netflix and Black Mirror. The first six will land on Netflix on October 21st and the other six will likely arrive in 2017 but whether or not that’ll be classed as season 4 or not is unclear.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has split its season in half with both The Ranch and The Get Down from this year breaking the shows into two halves and releasing them 6 months down the line.
The twelve episodes scheduled are likely to be the same running length as those that have come before it – around 45 minutes.
Part of the charm of going into each episode is not knowing what the episode is going to be about so we’re going to avoid any kind of spoilers here and only give you who’s starring in the episodes and a bit of a tease as to what they’ll contain.
Episode 1 – San Junipero
The episode will feature Gugu Mbatha–Raw and Mackenzie Davis.
Episode 2 – Shut Up and Dance
Star Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Alex Lawther, and Hannah Steele confirmed.
Episode 3 – Nosedive
The episode featured on the screens is this one. Stars Alice Eve and Bryce Dallas Howard. Social media will be prominently featured in this episode.
Episode 4 – Men Against Fire
The cast list for this episode is the longest. Kola Bokinni (Madeline Brewer), Lola Hazim. Phil Hodges. Malachi Kirby.
Episode 5 – Hated in the Nation
This episode features Charles Babalola and Michael Bott. Kelly Macdonald and Matheus Mirek were confirmed.
Episode 6 – Playtest
Starring Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen and James Tufnell. Based on video games, confirmed.
There’s little to no information about episodes 7 through 12 and it’s likely we won’t learn of them until the new year.