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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Bing
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Abi
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Judge Charity
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Judge Wraith
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Dustin
Isabella Laughland ...
Swift
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Oliver
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Kai (as Colin Carmichael)
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Selma Telse
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Glee
Eugene O'Hare ...
Hammond
Jaimi Barbakoff ...
Anna
Merce Ribot ...
Big Shot Registration Lady
Matthew Burgess ...
Botherguts Host
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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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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11 December 2011 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Jessica Brown Findlay (Abi) and Matt Stokoe (guard) both have worked in Misfits as Rachel and Alex respectively. See more »

Goofs

At 46:59, Abi's name is still visible on the leaderboard despite the fact that it's been several months since she had to pedal a bike. See more »

Quotes

Bing: I liked your singing the other day.
Abi: I was trying to sing so no one could hear me pee.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance (2016) See more »

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Dies Irae
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
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Satire Alert
12 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly if you want to ingest something that validates your life, that confirms everything you already believe in or something that makes you feel comforted, loved or thrilled then you probably need to go away and look in the (black?) mirror.

It manages to be upsetting, tedious and poignant and necessarily so. Also add intriguing.

Unfortunately judging by outbursts on Tw*tter (its a love/hate relationship) it seems many people are reacting in a similar way to one of the more remedial characters in this work of genius.

Watch this then turn of your TV for a while and read. Society depends on it.


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