Channel 4 has announced that journalist/broadcaster Charlie Brooker has been hired to write a brand new satirical drama called Black Mirror, described as "a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales Of The Unexpected." The series will air as three hours, each telling a "what if?" story that satirizes modern life.
Shane Allen, Channel 4 Head of Comedy:
"[Black Mirror is] a satirical drama for the social media generation all rooted in the world around us now. A thought-provoking and gripping reflection and extrapolation of current social, cultural and technology-inspired trends and fears."Charlie Brooker, writer:
"Growing up, I always loved The Twilight Zone and shows of that ilk. Black Mirror won't be anything like those, but on the other hand, it's closer to them than, say, Downton Abbey. It combines satire, technology, absurdity, a pinch of surprise, and it all takes place in a world you almost -- almost -- totally recognise. It changes each week - like the weather, but hopefully about 2,000 times more entertaining. If you don't like it, you will be beaten about the face and neck by Channel 4 executives."Zeppotron are producing Black Mirror, which will be filmed this summer and broadcaster on Channel 4 later in the year. This will be Brooker's second dramatic venture, having previously written the reality TV/zombie horror hybrid Dead Set for E4.