Channel 4 lost this cult nihilistic series to the brave new world of Netflix. This has meant double the episode total, a more international setting and cast but no reduction in quality. This current series is the strongest yet and perhaps the most inventive and breathtaking TV you’ll see this year.
Mainly from the mind of Charlie Brooker this anthology features fractured futures where everyone has a star rating provided by anyone they encounter at the push of a button. Where a mysterious force makes you carry out tasks in order to keep your darkest secret. Where VR gaming and reality blur as do relationships in a seaside party town. A soldier question all he sees and hears and Internet shaming takes on a terrifying new guise.
Despite the differing scenarios the series is held together by techno fear and fetishism. Taking the now and giving it a believeable twist, making us question if we really should trust those with the knowledge that shapes our lives whether we like it or not.
Exquisite music choices, top drawer performances from the like of Bryce Dallas Howard, Kelly MacDonald, former crooner but now Game Of Thrones thug, Jerome Flynn, Michael Kelly (Douglas Stamper of House of Cards) Alice Eve, James Norton amongst many others. Only Men Fighting Fire is s misfire with characters you could really give a damn about except Michael Kelly’s star turn
The feature length finale ‘Hated By The Nation’ begins as the type of by numbers police procedural that Brooker spoofed in Touch Of Cloth and takes flight as Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed ‘ made flesh in a attack of biblical proportions on social media with a pinch of government conspiracy.
Basically if you have Netflix and aren’t watching this right now then you really need to take a look at your priorities