Black Mirror: Season 1, Episode 1

The National Anthem (4 Dec. 2011)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | Drama | Thriller
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The Prime Minister is faced with a dilemma when a member of the Royal Family is kidnapped.

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Michael Callow
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Alex Cairns
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Julian Hereford
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Tom Blice
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Jane Callow
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Section Chief Walker
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Martin
Chetna Pandya ...
Malaika
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Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
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Rod Senseless
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Lucinda Towne (as Helen Morton)
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Princess Susannah
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Lauren
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Brian
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Pike
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In the run-up to Christmas the British Prime Minister Michael Callow is woken up and shown a disturbing video. On it he sees that people's princess Susannah of Beaumont has been abducted and will allegedly be murdered unless he has sex with a pig on live television. An effort to trace the kidnapper on a deserted campus proves to be in vain and Michael dismisses his aides' suggestion that a porn star perform the bestiality with the PM's face digitally superimposed. News coverage and Internet tweeters go into overdrive as Michael ultimately does his duty, in a deserted room with one camera man and a seemingly contented pig. Despite being ordered not to look, millions of people tune in though their amusement soon turns to horror at what they see. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rather a pig
11 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Knowing Charlie Brooker I expected cynical, dark and dare I say it mildly thought provoking.. Unfortunately 'Black Mirror: The National Anthem' is heinously cynical, dark and seriously trashy. Hence I feel this equally negative review should counteract Charlie Brooker's remorseless portrayal of humankind. From the off, the only character I sympathise with is the prime minister's aid, questioning the plausibility of the princess' unconvincing dramatics. The poor acting and constant spelling out of every potential nuance of the plot unearths the already questionable storyline as the short lived teenage horror film it is. Masquerading as a contemplative assessment of modern media, in reality only to be enjoyed by giggling fifteen year olds indulging themselves in the tasteless ridiculousness of this pretence of grandeur.


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