Black Mirror (2011– )
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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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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
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Malaika
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Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Jay Simpson ...
Rod Senseless
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Lucinda Towne
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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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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4 December 2011 (UK)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Michael Callow: You've sent in a strike team to rescue a manikin!
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Connections

Referenced in Black Mirror: Nosedive (2016) See more »

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Organum
By Max Richter
From "The Blue Notebooks"
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Degrading piece of garbage
24 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This program is described as being in the science fiction or thriller genre. Other people told me it was like a contemporary version of the twilight zone. None of these descriptions is remotely like what was presented in the first episode of the series. This episode is a twisted piece of filth that degrades the many British actors who lowered themselves to take part in it. It wasn't even much of a mystery, since there is a very clear spoiler early in the episode that gives away the name of the perpetrator. Don't waste your time. I will not be watching any more of this series. I wonder if this was written before or after the famous story about Prime Minister David Cameron and the pig.


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