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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.


Otto Bathurst


Charlie Brooker, Charlie Brooker (creator)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Kinnear ... Michael Callow
Lindsay Duncan ... Alex Cairns
Donald Sumpter ... Julian Hereford
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Tom Bilce
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Jane Callow
Patrick Kennedy ... Section Chief Walker
Alastair Mackenzie ... Martin
Chetna Pandya ... Malaika
Alex Macqueen ... Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Jay Simpson ... Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero Helen Fospero ... Lucinda Towne
Lydia Wilson ... Princess Susannah
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Lauren
Andrew Knott ... Brian
Allen Leech ... Pike


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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There is a Downton Abbey (2010) mention. Allen Leech who plays Pike in this episode plays a main character (Tom Branson) in Downton Abbey (2010). See more »


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


Malaika: It's like 911's happened, and we're broadcasting sandwich recipes.
Pike: We're not a chat room.
Jack: [entering] It's on CNN. And Fox. And MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NHK...
Pike: All right! Oh, God, this planet!
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By Max Richter
From "The Blue Notebooks"
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The psych of a human
24 September 2017 | by tibidorSee all my reviews

Well it's astonishing all the negative review. And yet they watched it all to the end. And that's what this episode is about. We humans feel drawn to the forbidden, the unspeakable. And this episode just showed that. It's not a masterpiece of filming. But the story catches the humane nature perfectly. What happens when you pass an accident? yea don't look??? seriously? We all look and try to get a glimpse. We just can't help ourselves. We are a race with a high curiosity level.

So in that respect... it is an episode to look deep down in ourselves and find out if we can be honest with ourselves.

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4 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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