Black Mirror returns in October

Black Mirror (Channel 4 version)

by James White |
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If you haven't been feeling terrified by the technological and sociological future, you clearly haven't seen enough people wandering the streets playing Pokemon Go. But to reinfuse that creeping feeling of dislocation and panic, Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is headed back to screens courtesy of Netflix, and now we know it'll premiere on October 21.

Netflix has taken advantage of a TV press tour to announce more details of the six episodes is has backed from Brooker and producer Annabel Jones as part of a third "season" (we feel like it should be "series", given its UK roots.)

Brooker and his team have gathered a typically eclectic bunch of concepts, directors and actors for the new episodes, which will launch on the streaming service at the same time. So get ready for San Junipero, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis and directed by Owen Harris, Shut Up And Dance featuring Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther, directed by James Watkins, Joe Wright directing Nosedive, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton, Men Against Fire featuring Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer directed by Jakob Verbruggen, Hated In The Nation, which has Kelly MacDonald and James Hawes in the director's chair and finally, Playtest, starring Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen, directed by 10 Cloverfield Lane's Dan Trachtenberg.

Topics covered this time include social media and video game testing but not Pokemon Go. Still, as Brooker says, "It’s fair to say that this season, some of the ideas are because we were aware of the greater progress of the world, that you’ve got to go two steps forward to stay ahead of reality at the moment. There are things that are more demented then Pokemon Go within this season." Cannot. Wait.

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