Black Mirror (2011– )
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Fifteen Million Merits 

After failing to impress the judges on a singing competition show, a woman must either perform degrading acts or return to a slave-like existence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Charity
Judge Wraith
Isabella Laughland ...
Colin Michael Carmichael ...
Kai (as Colin Carmichael)
Selma Telse
Eugene O'Hare ...
Jaimi Barbakoff ...
Merce Ribot ...
Big Shot Registration Lady
Matthew Burgess ...
Botherguts Host


In a bleak, automated future Britain, Bing is one of millions who pedal exercise bikes to create energy as a living. Their currency is merits, tokens with which to buy food from vending machines and which can be increased or decreased according to which shows one watches on giant television screens. A popular choice is 'Botherguts', which humiliates over-weight citizens. But Bing uses his merits as entrance money to get sweet-voiced fellow worker Abi onto the TV talent contest 'Hot Shot'. Unfortunately, despite her talent, she is but one of a glut of singers and ends up on the porn channel 'Wraith Babes'. An enraged Bing saves up another lot of merits and gets onto 'Hot Shot' to denounce its falseness. But will he be seen as a new Messiah or a voice crying in the wind and forced to sell out? Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 December 2011 (UK)  »

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The song Abi Kahn sings during "Fifteen Million Merits" is "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)", recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964. See more »

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Sci-Fi Latte
8 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Blue Peter THX-1138 with few bits of current tech tacked on like in a Cory Doctorow novel, not terribly prescient or interesting, and no real bearing on the plot.

This is sci-fi for the masses it purports to rail against. The first Black Mirror was quite good, this had me getting my pocket black mirror out to order books. I bought Ken MacLeod.

Another disappointment from British Television, all about the production values and not about the scripts. I suspect that the director was not a good choice for this project, as it felt like an episode of Dr.Who. I wasn't surprised to find out he directed several episodes prior to making this lost opportunity.

I'll give it a few more months before watching the final Black Mirror.

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