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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Did You Know?


The first Black Mirror episode with a female protagonist. See more »


When arriving at Ash's house, it's raining. The subsequent shot shows Mar standing in the sitting room with her blue rain jacket completely dry. See more »


References Alien (1979) See more »


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It really might not be that tough to have our multiple digital clones walking around
23 February 2018 | by ritikaagrawal-32248See all my reviews

As much as the episode kept me connected throughout the whole story, feeling Martha's pain and jitters with every scene of the episode; it was also a revelation how much we are allowing the technology and different technical giants to control us. Every single movement, every single browsing history is captured somewhere. In this case clone was created for a loved one and the reason, howsoever illogical was genuine ... but doesn't it allow for digital clones that can be created and misused for any person possible. Texture mapping and tons of data floating around definitely make it very much feasible.

Yes, the idea of being connected even after death was very touching and I am sure it pulled in the audience, because only at the moment you lose someone you want them all the much more, you understand their importance in your life. But at the same time i felt really bad for Martha, she was stuck with a robot for life whom she cannot get rid of out of the respect for Ash memories but that will never ever let her move on with life as well. She will keep clinging to the memories and never be able to make new ones.

Also, the part where she yells at the robot to hit her brings out a very interesting aspect of human psychology. As much as we all want perfect and serving people in our lives, what makes them real and lovable is their imperfections. The imperfections in humans is what makes them different from algorithmically programmed robots; by the time we realize this difference it shouldn't be too late that we are living our lives more in control of the robots than ourselves.

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