Those of you who are fans of Charlie Brooker’s slightly warped but utterly brilliant Black Mirror might want to get yourselves a Netflix subscription if you haven’t already, as the streaming service have just announced they’ve commissioned 12 new episodes from him. The move had been rumoured for a few weeks as we mentioned on the Geektown Radio show, but it’s now official.
Black Mirror is a satirical anthology show which explores modern society, particularly focusing on obsession with technology, and Brooker is promising “bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before…”
Brooker will continue to write the show, and will continue as exec producers and showrunner along with Annabel Jones who exec produced previous seasons, so it’s pretty much business as usual, albeit with a larger audience and budget! Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content at Netflix “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series…”
As it’s now being made under the Netflix Original banner, that probably means you won’t see it back on Channel 4 any time soon… Or maybe you will… It would seem Channel 4 still had first refusal rights to the show, and would have to walk away from it for Netflix to be able to air it in the UK. It’s possible Netflix have done some sort of deal with Channel 4 so they can air it first in the UK & Ireland, but there’s currently no announcement on exactly what’s happening. We can say Black Mirror series 3 will air on Netflix internationally in the new year… It should be on Netflix or Channel 4 next year too. We’ll let you know when we know more!