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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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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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 the first interview with Mr. Monroe (Tobias Menzies), Waldo asks him if he is like Batman. Moments later, a character named Jack Napier (Jason Flemyng) is presented to Jamie Salter (Daniel Rigby) who controls Waldo. Jack Napier is the name of the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Alan Napier is the actor who plays the butler, Alfred, in the original Batman (1966) television series. See more »


References Sherlock (2010) See more »

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Searching for the New in Politics
7 January 2016 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The comedian Jamie Salter (Daniel Rigby) has created the blue cartoon bear Waldo and provides voice and movements to the character. Waldo is the host of a night show where he interviews politicians to humiliate them. When the conservative politician Liam Monroe (Tobias Menzies), who is the leader in the researches, is irritated by Waldo during a show, his producer Tamsin (Christina Chong) and the television owner Jack Napier (Jason Flemyng) decide to follow Monroe along his campaign to disturb him against Jamie's will. Waldo becomes popular and people decides to vote him to protest against politician. Meanwhile Jamie has one night stand with the Labour Party candidate Gwendolyn Harris (Chloe Pirrie) and they fall in love with each other. However Gwendolyn is advised by the party adviser to keep distance from Jamie during the campaign since he might use inside information in his show. During a debate, Monroe uses the information he has about Jamie and offends him. Jamie has an anger outburst and attacks Monroe and Gwendolyn. What will be the consequences in the upcoming election?

"The Waldo Moment" is a "Black Mirror" show with a great idea – the search for the new in politics. A clown was recently elected congressman in Brazil with the largest number of votes in a clear demonstration of dissatisfaction of the Brazilian voters with the politicians. Waldo would be a similar case in the plot. However, director Bryn Higgins shows heavy hand and what could have been a great satire becomes a deep drama. My vote is seven.

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