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.
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In the opening scene, a telephone rings with the single tone used in North America; British phones ring with a double tone. See more
It's like 911's happened, and we're broadcasting sandwich recipes.
We're not a chat room.
It's on CNN. And Fox. And MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NHK...
All right! Oh, God, this planet!
By Max Richter
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