"Black Mirror" The National Anthem (TV Episode 2011) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • In a 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.

  • In London, in Christmas, the Prime Minister Michael Callow is awakened by his advisors Alex Cairns and Julian Hereford that show a video of Princess Susannah of Beaumont to him. The princess is the pride and joy of the Royal Family and beloved by the people, and she tells that she was kidnapped. Further, the kidnapper demands that Michael have sex with a pig on live television; otherwise he would kill her. Michael's wife Jane Callow supports her husband while his advisors try to hire a porn star to perform the act while the secret service tries unsuccessfully to track the kidnapper down. Meanwhile the media seeks for news at any cost. What will the Prime Minister do?

  • 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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