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"Black Mirror" Fifteen Million Merits (2011)

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Writers:
Charlie Brooker (writer) and
Konnie Huq (writer)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2011 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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15 Million Credits: Good idea that is solidly done but doesn't hit home as hard or as quickly as it should See more (10 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Daniel Kaluuya ... Bing

Jessica Brown Findlay ... Abi

Rupert Everett ... Judge Hope

Julia Davis ... Judge Charity

Ashley Thomas ... Judge Wraith

Paul Popplewell ... Dustin
Isabella Laughland ... Swift

David Fynn ... Oliver
Colin Michael Carmichael ... Kai (as Colin Carmichael)

Hannah John-Kamen ... Selma Telse

Kerrie Hayes ... Glee
Eugene O'Hare ... Hammond
Jaimi Barbakoff ... Anna
Merce Ribot ... Big Shot Registration Lady
Matthew Burgess ... Botherguts Host
Laura Power ... Interviewer

Matt Stokoe ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chloe Driver ... Cleaner (uncredited)
Emma Holmes ... Botherguts Fat Girl (uncredited)
Alan Lambie ... Rude Dancer (uncredited)
Bryony Neylan-Francis ... Sex Worker (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Euros Lyn 
 
Writing credits
Charlie Brooker (writer) and
Konnie Huq (writer) (as Kanak Huq)

Produced by
Charlie Brooker .... executive producer
Annabel Jones .... executive producer
Emma Pike .... line producer
Barney Reisz .... series producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
 
Cinematography by
Damian Bromley 
 
Film Editing by
Jamie Pearson 
 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
 
Production Design by
Joel Collins (series designer)
Daniel May 
 
Art Direction by
Caroline Barclay 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Petrie 
 
Makeup Department
Natasha Dickson .... makeup artist
Lesley Lamont-Fisher .... makeup designer
Jo Sweeting .... hair & make-up supervisor
 
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Phill Zagajewski .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lydia Currie .... first assistant director
Alex Jeffrey .... third assistant director
Hayley Longhurst .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Bryony Bradford .... art department assistant
Dave Davidson .... 3d artist
Dougie Glenn .... stand-by props
Dean Hawley .... hod painter
Vicky Hurley .... stand-by art director
Gemma Kingsley .... graphic art director
Alejandro Mackay .... stand-by props
Jim Mate .... dressing props
Erica McEwan .... graphic designer
Wesley Peppiatt .... dressing props
Scott Rogers .... property master
Ellie Shanks .... production buyer
Sophie Tarver .... prop maker
John Watt .... supervising carpenter
 
Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound mixer
Jason Bennett .... sound maintenance engineer
Jodie Campbell .... sound assistant
Philip Clements .... foley editor
Catherine Duffy .... sound assistant
Luis Fernandez Garcia .... mix technician
Jim Goddard .... sound effects editor
Martin Jensen .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Lavis .... sound studio support
Forbes Noonan .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... special effects technician
Bernard Newton .... special effects
Scott Peters .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Hotchkiss .... visual effects
Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Crispin Layfield .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Beacham .... first assistant camera
Damian Bromley .... camera operator
Martin Cox .... electrician
Giles Keyte .... stills photographer
Mark Kozlowski .... digital imaging technician
Ian Murray .... h.o.d. rigger
Ian Murray .... standby rigger (as Ian Vincent Murray)
Ian Rolfe .... rigger
Alba Maria Ruiz .... camera assistant
Grant Taylor .... rigger
Jackson Taylor .... clapper loader
Steve Weightman .... grip
Jon Beacham .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Layla Merrick-Wolf .... casting assistant
Aisha Walters .... casting associate (as Aisha Waters)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emma Ackerman .... costume assistant
Genevieve Cox .... costume standby
Vanessa Lingham .... wardrobe supervisor
Holly Smart .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate technician
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate technician
Andrea Cuadrado .... content editor
Alastair Hopkins .... post production supervisor
Matt James .... digital intermediate manager
Andrew Melhuish .... assistant editor
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Jateen Patel .... digital intermediate technician
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Steve Owen .... data transfer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Amelia Hartley .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Adrian Banyard .... script editor
James Davidson .... floor runner
Rachel Donkor .... production accountant
Non Eleri Hughes .... script supervisor
Kelly Lee .... assistant co-ordinator
Sharon McGuinness .... unit manager
Chrissy Murray .... assistant accountant
Robin Pim .... location manager
Stephen Quinn .... production runner
Anna Robertson .... assistant to executive producers
 

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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charlie Brooker  creator

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62 min
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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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9 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
15 Million Credits: Good idea that is solidly done but doesn't hit home as hard or as quickly as it should, 15 June 2013
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The first episode of this series was a real doozey; it thrilled, engaged and disgusted all in the context of damning society with its realism and dark, ugly view. The second episode sees a futuristic story which seeks to condemn modern society again, with a similar range of topics. In the future, workers cycle endlessly to generate electricity while earning credits which can be spent on food, accommodation, entertainment or just generally stuff they don't need that has no reality or value. We follow one guy through this as he finds something he thinks is worth more than money. In essence this episode puts virtual worlds, online social interaction, exploitative entertainment and more on trial and goes at it for its sheer hollowness.

As an idea it is a good one. In some ways it will seem exaggerated but those that think it is vastly unrecognizable simply do not have the awareness of reality. All the things within this fictional world are real – from online avatars and virtual products through to people working pointless mind-numbing jobs for the sake of it and of course the specter of cruel reality television and manufactured dreams. All of it is fair game and in a way the episode is mostly successful in how it does it. The kick in the tail is solid and the general delivery does a good job of damning the bigger picture and the detail. That said, it is a little heavy handed in how it does it – certainly when viewed to the much cleverer scenario of the first episode. It also doesn't help that it unfolds slower than it should – I'm not sure why this episode ran to over an hour, but it doesn't warrant it. The irony within that is that some aspects of the story seem to happen too quickly and easily for the sake of the narrative.

The conclusion is nice but in retrospect doesn't sting as it should and I did wish it had had more teeth and bite. Visually the world is good and the ideas are sometimes just a step away from reality. I watched this just a week after Xbox announced their new "always listening" console with its daily online checks required to keep it working and its use of hand gestures etc to operate it, so yes seeing this world here often did not seem too far-fetched and indeed in some ways was eerily close. Paying to skip adverts and "content" was the one that really just seemed like it is only a few steps of "progress" away.

The cast make the episode work well in the most part. Kaluuya plays the lead well and does good work in the later stages, even if it is hard for him not to overplay (since the situation calls for it). The three judges are an obvious clone and none of them really did more than impersonate their real counterparts. There are moments of humanity in here and I thought that Findlay and Laughland both delivered in small touches that worked.

Overall, this episode was very much in the shadow of the strong opening story. It has good ideas and it mostly works but it does it slower than it should and it never really bites so much as nibbles and barks. It is still solidly done and I enjoyed it, but I hope the third episode is closer in quality to the first rather than the second one.

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