Black Mir­ror

The Guardian - G2 - - Autumn Arts 2017 -

Writer-pro­ducer Jeff Pope has be­come the star of fact-based drama with shows such as Lit­tle Boy Blue and

The Moor­side. Now he takes on the ex­tra­or­di­nary true-crime tale of the gang of vet­eran rob­bers who raided Lon­don’s di­a­mond dis­trict in April 2015. The heist has al­ready been the sub­ject of one in­dif­fer­ent movie, with an­other on the way, but Pope’s near­in­fal­li­bil­ity in this genre – and stars in­clud­ing Ti­mothy Spall and Ken­neth Cranham – sug­gest this will be the ul­ti­mate ver­sion.

De­cem­ber, ITV

At this point, Black Mir­ror is a genre all of its own. There will be tech­nol­ogy that goes wrong, there will be over­wrought scream­ing, then there’ll be an un­shiftable sense of sad­ness. The last series was a mixed bag, of­fer­ing both in­stant clas­sics such as San Ju­nipero and slightly by-thenum­bers fare such as Shut Up and Dance. The new run is one of the most highly an­tic­i­pated shows of the year, and, with an episode di­rected by Jodie Foster, its am­bi­tion re­mains un­matched.

Late au­tumn, Net­flix

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