Black Mirror: Season 1, Episode 1

The National Anthem (4 Dec. 2011)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Callow
Alex Cairns
Julian Hereford
Tom Blice
Jane Callow
Section Chief Walker
Chetna Pandya ...
Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero ...
Lucinda Towne (as Helen Morton)
Princess Susannah


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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Thought provoking and emotional. Great performances.
4 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BC UK, quite clearly you're not one for viewing between the lines. The point of this film is not it's plot but it's implications for just how plausible this event is, and just how little privacy or control of information we have these days. It's an 'open your eyes' kind of film.

Superb acting, writing and camera-work. The choice of people to show as 'joe average's were well thought out and don't seem clichéd. Also the setup is genius in it's simplicity. Genuinely thought provoking TV.

My only criticism is of the ending which I think should have ended with the 'twist' regarding the kidnap, with the reaction from the PM's wife put beforehand. Then again I don't know how that could make chronological sense.

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