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The Waldo Moment 

A failed comedian who voices a popular cartoon bear named Waldo finds himself mixing in politics when TV executives want Waldo to run for office.


Bryn Higgins


Charlie Brooker, Christopher Morris (based on an original idea for Nathan Barley by) (as Chris Morris) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Rigby ... Jamie Salter
Chloe Pirrie ... Gwendolyn Harris
Jason Flemyng ... Jack Napier
Tobias Menzies ... Liam Monroe
Christina Chong ... Tamsin
James Lance ... Conor Simpson
Ed Gaughan Ed Gaughan ... Shaun
Kenneth Collard ... Jim
Michael Shaeffer ... Roy
Pip Torrens ... Philip Crane
David Ajala ... Jeff Carter
James Richard Marshall James Richard Marshall ... Monroe's Campaign Agent
Jack Monaghan Jack Monaghan ... Hustings Host
Louis Waymouth ... Simon Finch
Daniel Tatarsky ... Returning Officer


Comedian Jamie Slater provides the voice for Waldo, a blue cartoon bear who interviews politicians for a late night topical satire show where Waldo generally humiliates them. Jamie's producer Jack Napier suggests Waldo stands as the local MP in the upcoming election, against pompous Tory boy Liam Monroe - one of Waldo's interview victims. A reluctant Jamie agrees and meets the Labour candidate Gwendolyn, with whom he has a one night stand but is later told to keep away from by her campaign manager. On a televised discussion show Jamie sounds off against all the opposition, claiming they are insincere, and he becomes hugely popular as a result. However he suffers from guilt and urges people not to vote for Waldo. After Napier orchestrates an attack on him Jamie wakes in hospital to see the election results. Has Waldo won and if so will his success take Jamie with it? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

25 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?


In robotics terms, a waldo is a device that allows a machine or computer image to be controlled by a hand operated device, such as the one that is used to control Waldo the Bear. See more »


Referenced in Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014) See more »

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Terrific, ruthless satire
31 December 2017 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

The Waldo Moment, one if the high points of the early Black Mirror series, captures what happens when animated and/or satirical things come up in popular life, including politics, especially in the UK (remember that nominee for PM who was literally like a black helmeted knight out of Monty Python, Lord whoever). We love cartoons because of the abstraction of it, that they can represent so much that we don't face when it is a regular flesh and blood person in front of us. Think of South Park and Family Guy, or as a human example Stephen Colbert back when he was Colbert of the Report. The Waldo Moment captures all of the mania that comes with a figure, a joke, a walking talking prank, getting the attention of a public who can be so easily galvanized.

One may see Jason Flemyng as the cynical villain - a character out of Chayefsky's Network (this reminded me of that too). It might not have the twists of other Black Mirror parts, and if I have any real mark against it I almost wish it was longer than its usual 40 minute show length. But it tells its story with excellent conviction, and recent times have beared out (no pun intended.. Ok a little) what it is saying. It gets in and gets out and does even better what the first episode of this series tried to do with the PM and sex with a pig, which was a solid concept done somewhat typically.

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