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The National Anthem 

Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved 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
Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Jay Simpson ...
Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero ...
Lucinda Towne
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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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4 December 2011 (UK)  »

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Besides the original music by Martin Phipps, in one scene music by Max Richter ("Organum", from his album The Blue Notebooks) is used. See more »


In the opening scene a telephone rings with the single tone used in north America; British phones ring a double tone. See more »


Alex Cairns: [en route to film studio] We've ratified the law. After midnight, it will be a criminal offense to store any recording or still images of the event.
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By Max Richter
From "The Blue Notebooks"
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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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