A third series of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ has been commissioned by Netflix. There will be 12 episodes of the show in the new series, sticking to the original format of each containing a stand-alone storyline exploring a possible dark future for mankind, often caused by technological advancement. The show has been a critical
A third series of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ has been commissioned by Netflix. There will be 12 episodes of the show in the new series, sticking to the original format of each containing a stand-alone storyline exploring a possible dark future for mankind, often caused by technological advancement.
The show has been a critical success all over the world, and has already received an International Emmy, a Rose D’Or, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for a BAFTA. It seems to have gone down particularly well in the States, with it being likened to the classic ‘Twilight Zone’ anthology series.
The decision by Netflix to commission the show comes after the international success of the first two series, watched by many fans across the world, usually via Netflix. The streaming service were forced to enter into a fierce bidding war after HBO and Syfy also expressed an interest in the new series, but emerged triumphant.
Charlie Brooker and co-creator Annabel Jones will begin production on the project in the U.K. before the end of the year.
Charlie Brooker commented, “It’s all very exciting – a whole new bunch of ‘Black Mirror’ episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. “Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that ‘Black Mirror’ feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”
Netflix have yet to announce when the series will be shown, and how often the new episodes will appear. They have been quoted as saying “The series will premier internationally in all territories outside the U.K. and Ireland, where plans are still being determined.”
Which leaves the British fans of this British made product out in the cold. This is because Channel 4, who screened the first two series, still have the rights to first refusal, meaning it could technically show the new episodes first, even though they are now owned by Netflix. It would be a strange state of affairs if fans in the U.K. didn’t get to watch a programme made in the U.K. by British artists first, or at least at the same time, as the rest of the world. As previous events have shown, Game of Thrones being the most recent example, if the two companies can’t agree on a compromise, fans will simply use illegal streaming methods to watch the shows.