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 ...
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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller





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11 December 2011 (UK)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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


Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)
Written by Irma Thomas
Performed by Irma Thomas
Also performed by Jessica Brown Findlay
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A powerful, heart wrenching vision of the future (and the present).
30 October 2016 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode tore my heart out and stomped on it for good measure. Whereas Black Mirror's first episode was more darkly comic in tone (disturbing nonetheless), this was an utterly bleak excursion into the realms of reality television and our consumerist culture. Oh and a beautiful love story to boot. But if you think this love story is bound for a happy ending, you haven't watched Black Mirror before.

Although a touch heavy handed in its message, its themes still ring painfully true. It looks with disdain upon our symbiotic relationship with reality television, and how anything of purity, authenticity, and honest beauty will inevitably become corrupted and filtered down to a 'lowest common denominator' level of entertainment to feed the willing masses.

Its simply a powerful yet utterly bleak hour of brilliant thought provoking television.

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