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 ... 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 ... 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 soon 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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When Martha attempts to answer the phone to speak with "Ash" for the first time, she touches the button to disconnect the call. This action is confirmed by a red response bar with a hung-up-phone icon, however, she then proceeds to speak with "Ash". See more »


Martha: See, Ash would've been scared. He wouldn't have just leapt off, he would have been crying...
Ash: [starts crying] Please don't make me do it. No.
Martha: That's not fair.
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How Deep is Your Love
18 April 2019 | by scottsetchellSee all my reviews

Martha and Ash are a happy couple living together. Ash is unexpectedly killed in a car accident. Martha's friend signs her up for a beta service that uses Ash's public information to create an AI. Martha finds out she's pregnant and begins texting the AI. She uploads videos of Ash, allowing the AI to speak to her. She then brings him back to life by ordering an artificial body.

At first Martha is skeptical of the service because it's impossible to bring the real Ash back. She finds comfort in hearing his voice and decides to take the next step. She's speechless when she sees how real the AI body looks and feels. The subtle differences the AI has compared to Ash make Martha consider abandoning the AI for good.

Hayley Atwell gives a great performance, showing the painful struggles of a grieving woman and the positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence. She portrays a whirlwind of emotions that she eventually learns to live with.

The future of AI is upon us and this episode depicts a realistic view of the future, pushing the boundaries of AI one step at a time. Black Mirror has a fascinating way of making me believe this futuristic technology isn't that far away from becoming reality.


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11 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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