“This year is free publicity for our show,” Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker said in a recent Television Critics Association panel. In this bleak observation Brooker has pinpointed the perfect timing, and miserable irony, of the unveiling of a third season of his techno-dystopia horror series.

Brooker and series Executive Producer Annabel Jones are keen to obviate the effect of the technology inherent in the show’s remit. Jones siad, ‘The tech is really not even present. It’s about society and its about how we communicate, the online rage and the consequences of that. These stories tend to be about the modern age and the modern world that we live in.

Black Mirror Charlie Brooker

The series has grown in popularity since beginning on Channel 4 in December of 2011 with an episode, now infamously outdone by real life, in which the British Prime Minister has to copulate with a pig. Jon Hamm starred in the latest episode, a Christmas special so soul-crushingly bleak you’d need a thousand Christmas morning Scrooges to recover.

All six episodes of Black Mirror Season 3 will arrive on the 21st of October on Netflix and details of the main cast and directors have been revealed. 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Tractenberg is directing an episode about video games, and other highlights include James Watkins and Joe Wright leaping behind the camera.

The six plummets down Dysteria Lane are:

San Junipero features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris

Shut Up and Dance features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins

Nosedive features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright

Men Against Fire stars Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen

Hated in the Nation features Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes

Playtest Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen star in directed by Dan Trachtenberg.


Source: The Independent