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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.

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Bryn Higgins

Writers:

Charlie Brooker, Christopher Morris (based on an original idea for Nathan Barley by) (as Chris Morris) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Monroe's Campaign Agent
Jack Monaghan Jack Monaghan ... Hustings Host
Louis Waymouth ... Simon Finch
Daniel Tatarsky ... Returning Officer
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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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The scenes in which Waldo talks to Monroe (Tobias Menzies) on the street were filmed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. See more »

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

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S2: The Waldo Moment: Good ideas but construction and delivery are not what they needed to be
1 February 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The first two films in this second series of Black Mirror were so strong that I really thought it could sustain it but unfortunately the third film is the weakest of the three. Of course, with the standard of the previous two being so high this does not mean it is awful, but for sure The Waldo Moment is a disappointing attempt at something good. The plot sees a comedian voicing an animated bear called Waldo; his "thing" is that politicians think he is a real children's cartoon character and go on his show only to be embarrassed by his very adult antics – so essentially Ali G. With Waldo's success in small sections of a late night comedy show, work begins on a pilot until someone has a better idea – get right in the faces of the politicians by standing as an independent in the local midterm by-election.

The ideas here are good and this episode is apparently based on an idea Chris Morris had for his show Nathan Barley, which should give you an idea of what sort of territory we are in. The themes here are to do with political apathy and the ease with which this can be manipulated with good branding and a seemingly fresh approach – even if it is an empty one. This has value and there are moments in here where good points are made but generally it doesn't do a particularly good job with it. The plot gets muddled with the focus on Jamie and the message gets lost in his story rather than making the bigger points. The sharp edge of the previous films is lost and this seems so much softer and less challenging to the viewer.

The theme in the background does offer interest though, since one could suggest a connection between Jamie's self-loathing of his empty mocking and Brooker's main job of being an hilariously acerbic bastard. However if this is a thing, it is not one that is done particularly well and there isn't much in there in that regard. It is a shame because there is a lot of potential here but the delivery really doesn't make the most of it and it really is too general and too soft in its points. The cast are decent but with the material they are only that. Rigby is OK in the lead but doesn't have a consistent character and although his performance fits any given moment, it doesn't have a flow. Support from Pirrie, Flemyng, Menzies and others is fine, but nobody really impacts in the way that Atwell and Crichlow did in the previous films.

Overall this is the weakest of the films in what is otherwise as very strong season. It has good ideas but it never comes together as well as it should and the script is muddled and lacking the really sharp edge that I had hoped it would have.


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