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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.

Director:

Otto Bathurst

Writers:

Charlie Brooker, Charlie Brooker (creator)
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Cast

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 Jay Simpson ... Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero Helen Fospero ... Lucinda Towne
Lydia Wilson ... Princess Susannah
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Lauren
Andrew Knott ... Brian
Allen Leech ... Pike
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Storyline

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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This episode became the subject of discussion when, in September 2015, then-current Prime Minister David Cameron was alleged to have placed his penis into the mouth of a dead pig as part of a university initiation rite (with even some of the hashtags seen in this episode being used) See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

References Downton Abbey (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Organum
By Max Richter
From "The Blue Notebooks"
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Fallible and failed to capture the seriousness of the script, which was very weak and tarnished by several unrealistic and unreasonable loopholes.
4 July 2017 | by Adarsh SrivastavaSee all my reviews

Fallible, downgrading and failed to capture the seriousness of the script, which in the first place was very weak and tarnished by several unrealistic and unreasonable loopholes.. Poor acting coupled with a weak script makes it belie the ratings of 9/10. One of the worst episodes.


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