Black Mir­ror

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8pm, Stu­dio Those who lie awake at night won­der­ing what hap­pened to mys­tery and sus­pense pro­grams such as The Twi­light Zone and The Outer Lim­its will wel­come with open arms the three-episode Black Mir­ror. Each episode is a stand-alone freaky story with a techno-para­noia feel set among or­di­nary and not so or­di­nary peo­ple. In the de­but episode, The National An­them, English stage ac­tor Rory Kin­n­ear, pic­tured, plays fic­tional Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Michael Cal­low. It con­sid­ers what would hap­pen if a royal fam­ily mem­ber were ab­ducted and held to ran­som. The de­mand is un­usual: the prime min­is­ter must have sex with a pig on national tele­vi­sion or the princess gets it. As the PM’s of­fice fran­ti­cally en­gages spe­cial ef­fects wiz­ards and other dodges, the kid­nap­per proves too fast for them. When the princess’s fin­ger is de­liv­ered on ice, with a new video show­ing it be­ing sev­ered, it all comes down to the PM ac­tu­ally do­ing the deed. Sup­pres­sion is im­pos­si­ble and the vil­lains in this re­gard are Face­book, YouTube and Twit­ter. With in­cred­i­ble twists, stun­ning per­for­mances and au­da­cious mo­ments of black com­edy, The National An­them plays like a cross be­tween Doc­tor Who and The Thick of It. Black Mir­ror won the in­ter­na­tional Emmy for best TV movie or minis­eries last year.

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