Black Mirror (2011– )
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The Entire History of You 

In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear - a sort of Sky Plus (Digital Video Recorder) for the brain. You need never forget a face again - but is that always a good thing?


Brian Welsh


Jesse Armstrong




Episode cast overview:
Toby Kebbell ... Liam
Jodie Whittaker ... Ffion
Tom Cullen ... Jonas
Amy Beth Hayes ... Lucy
Rebekah Staton ... Colleen
Rhashan Stone ... Jeff
Phoebe Fox ... Hallam
Jimi Mistry ... Paul
Daniel Lapaine ... Max
Karl Collins Karl Collins ... Robbie
Elizabeth Chan ... Leah
Mona Goodwin Mona Goodwin ... Gina
Kemal Sylvester Kemal Sylvester ... Airport Security


In the future, thanks to the Grain, a chip which can be implanted on a hard drive in the brain, every single action that a person makes is recorded and may be played back. Liam, a lawyer, married with a child, suspects that his wife Fi is having a fling with the brash Jonas, whom they meet at a dinner party. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

18 December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode revolves around the ability to see memories. The main characters name is Jonas (Tom Cullen). This is an interesting similarity to the book and movie The Giver (2014) in which the main characters name is Jonas and he is assigned to receive memories. See more »


In "The Entire History of You" When Liam hits Jonas with the Vodka bottle at 34:54, Liam's shoulder and head are briefly visible. The grain is in their eyes so this shouldn't happen. See more »


Ffion: I downplayed it, I fudged it...
Liam: You lied?
Ffion: Not everything that isn't true is a lie, Liam.
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Brilliant and at times difficult and painful to watch
22 February 2018 | by GraXXoRSee all my reviews

Some people say that "we are defined by our memories" and that "without memory we would lack any perspective" with which to assess the world. Others say that "memories are meant to fade." and that "time heals all wounds."

What if we lived in a world where memories literally own us and where they never, ever fade and are accessible in high definition and slow motion replay... Forever to anyone? What if they could be stored and digitised... or even traded as a commodity? What would memories become then?

They would become our most prized possessions: More irreplaceable than hand-crafted treasures, more valuable than any diamond or gold. Imagine, our very essence and experiences captured (and with liberal editing) all the best parts distilled into a narcotic, addictive stream of consciousness, on tap wherever and whenever we desire.

We could go back, time and time again to revisit out best experiences. We could show these details at will to others on any available screen. Alternatively, we could expunge forever that which we never wish to see again, and be forever distrusted as someone with no proof of what they've done or where they've been...

Or, we could even keep those most painful moments it as a lash with which to whip ourselves while saying a dozen Hail Marys.

This is the story of a family that live in such a world, where things once experienced can be recorded forever and used to wager a strategic, rightful war on those around us. But at what cost to ourselves and our relationships?

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