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Fifteen Million Merits 

In a world where people's lives consist of riding excercise bikes to gain credits, Bing tries to help a woman get on to a singing competition show.



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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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Did You Know?


Allen Leech (Pike in in Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011)) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Abi Khan) have starred together as lovers (Tom Branson and Sybil Crawley Branson respectively) in Downton Abbey (2010). See more »


At 13:35 when Bing washes his hands in the bathroom his merit counter initially shows 15,142,745. Instead of counting down from this value it immediately jumps up to 15,142,755 and proceeds on a programmed sequence to count back down to its starting value. See more »


Bing: I haven't got a speech. I didn't plan words. I didn't even try to I just knew I had to get here, to stand here, and I wanted you to listen. To really listen, not just pull a face like you're listening, like you do the rest of the time. A face that you're feeling instead of processing. You pull a face, and poke it towards the stage, and we lah-di-dah, we sing and dance and tumble around. And all you see up here, it's not people, you don't see people up here, it's all fodder. And the faker the ...
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Referenced in Black Mirror: Shut Up and Dance (2016) See more »


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An innocent soul in a questionable digital utopia
15 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story is called "Fifteen Million Merits", it's an alternative world in which people ride cycles to gather credits, to buy items for their avatars, to buy sustenance, and basic needs. It's a world where each individual is forced to watch commercials or pay fees to mute or get rid of them. What might seem like a digital utopia to some, turns into a hell for others.

Bing is an innocent soul who falls in love, and wishes for his love to succeed. He spends 15 million credits to help his love to get a chance of a lifetime. Unbeknownst to him (and the rest of the world), contestants are drugged to do whatever the leaders tell them to do on a grimy sleazy talent show.

What happens next might shock, it might surprise, but it definitely will amaze you to see that this alternative universe isn't that far off from our world today... or what it could be tomorrow.

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