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"Black Mirror" Fifteen Million Merits (2011)

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Charlie Brooker (writer) and
Konnie Huq (writer)
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Original Air Date:
11 December 2011 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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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 (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
Catherine Thomas .... foley 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
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
Jamie Welsh .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Steve Owen .... data transfer (uncredited)
Music Department
Amelia Hartley .... music supervisor
Other crew
Adrian Banyard .... script editor
Liam Byrne .... armourer
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

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charlie Brooker  creator

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Additional Details

62 min
Sound Mix:

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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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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The real genius of this story, 14 February 2013
Author: malicenbandarlnd from East Meadow, NY

The real genius of this story wasn't so much the setting, or even most of the plot. The dystopian future this is taking place in with two modes of life - underground, in a sort of indentured servitude, or in the penthouses with a view - isn't all that original either. What i loved about this episode was the ending. It wasn't a dramatic ending. It wasn't a happy ending. It was a depressing ending. The protagonist starts out with morals and a stand to take and ends up consumed by the consumerism he makes money off of. Its disconcerting most of all because i think it rings true. And it's creepy how true the entire setting seems.

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