Not your usual Christmas Special.
Black Mirror has been described as “a really dark 21st century Twilight Zone.” It’s the creation of Charlie Brooker, who has one of the most original minds in media. In addition to his intensely snarky media reviews, many of which can be found on YouTube, he’s the genius behind the Channel 4 (UK) mini-series Dead Set, about what happens to the residents of the Big Brother house when a zombie outbreak sweeps Britain, and A Touch of Cloth, which gives the police-procedural-with-a-damaged-antihero genre the same treatment that Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker gave to endangered airplane movies. Only raunchier.
“White Christmas” stars John Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin in an extended seasonal edition of Black Mirror that features three interwoven stories from a dystopian near-future. No plots have been leaked, but it seems that “un-friending” has moved from the net to “real” life.”
It’s on Channel 4 (UK) at 9 tonight, and on 4OD soon after. Earlier episodes of Black Mirror are available in the US on Netflix.