Black Mirror (2011– )
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Be Right Back 

After learning about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased, a lonely, grieving Martha reconnects with her late lover.


Owen Harris


Charlie Brooker (creator), Charlie Brooker




Episode credited cast:
Hayley Atwell ... Martha
Domhnall Gleeson ... Ash
Claire Keelan ... Naomi
Sinead Matthews ... Sarah
Flora Nicholson Flora Nicholson ... Midwife
Glenn Hanning ... Delivery Man
Tim Delap ... Simon
Indira Ainger Indira Ainger ... Martha's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Fadil ... Christopher
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Paramedic


Martha is devastated when her partner Ash is killed in an accident the day they planned to move in together. At Ash's funeral, Martha's friend tells her of a new service which enables people to communicate with their (deceased) loved one. Martha is appalled, and decides to stay in the cottage despite her sister's view she is isolating herself. One day Martha gets a message from Ash, and she realises Sarah has signed her up for the service. Initially, Martha's displeased but, on finding she's pregnant, relents and son begins communicating now and more with 'Ash'. With her comfort-level growing talking with the synthetic Ash, it isn't long before 'he' tells Martha about a 'next level' of communicating - one which will bring them truly closer. Written by don @ minifie-1 (updated by U.N. Owen)

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Diving in deeper to the depths of the terrified human psyche.
28 April 2018 | by winner-98765See all my reviews

Black Mirror touches upon the edges of what is possible and where we are heading. It also raises some warning alarms that might seem esoteric and far fetched at first but they ring so true if we just consider the already psychopathic exchange we have with the available technology. New diseases are now being coined as a result of our obsession with the internet and social media; we do not hesitate at all at denouncing someone at chats and obstinately sticking to our opinion without considering every angle; we are slowly but surely moving away from reality to a contrived virtual reality. More powerful technology is certainly going to cause more egregious side-effects.

This episode is so engrossing. The acting and the scenes are convincing enough in relaying the grief and misery Martha is going through. You can relate to her feelings and actions as she takes several steps in the wrong direction. The episode succeeds in conveying the addicting power of such a tech, and how it may adversely affect the terrified human psyche, that with every ounce of its being opposes the idea of death. It wants to cling on to happy memories and is so fearful of moving past.

A few plot instruments might seem inconceivable, but we are not far from the possibility of a virtual avatar with your voice, personality and behavior based on all the digital storage we have of us. But we need to recognize that there is another side to the veil as well.

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