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"Black Mirror" Fifteen Million Merits (TV Episode 2011) - Plot Summary Poster

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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
  • In a future society, most of the people work like slaves riding stationary bicycles to generate energy. In return, they receive "merits" that are consumed in fast-foods in vending machines and games and shows that they are forced to watch in giant screens in the single compartment where they live. When the worker Bingham "Bing" Madsen overhears his fellow worker Abi singing in the unisex toilet, he falls in love with her. He convinces her to participate in the talent competition show "Hot Shot", where she may improve her life if she is selected by the judges Hope, Charity and Wraith. Bing uses his savings of fifteen million merits that he had inherited from his brother to buy a ticket to Abi. However the judges offer to Abi to work in the porn channel "Wraith Babes" instead and she accepts the offer expecting to improve her life. Bing is angry with her choice and decides to save merits to go to the "Hot Shot" with a sharp piece of glass. What will he do in the contest?

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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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