Black Mirror (2011– )
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White Bear 

Victoria wakes up and cannot remember anything about her life. Everyone she encounters refuses to communicate with her, and they all seem to know something she doesn't. But what?


Carl Tibbetts


Charlie Brooker (creator), Charlie Brooker




Episode cast overview:
Lenora Crichlow ... Victoria Skillane
Michael Smiley ... Baxter
Tuppence Middleton ... Jem
Ian Bonar Ian Bonar ... Damien
Elisabeth Hopper ... Knife Woman
Nick Bartlett ... Welder Guy
Nick Ofield Nick Ofield ... Iain Rannoch
Russell Barnett Russell Barnett ... News Reporter
Imani Jackman Imani Jackman ... Jemima


Victoria wakes with a head-ache and bandaged wrists,pills spilled on the floor. A strange sign is flickering on the television but she can remember nothing. Outside she meets Jem, a young woman who explains that the signal on the television set comes from the White Bear transmitter. It has turned most of the population into voyeurs who do nothing but watch and sometimes film as a deadly elite known as the hunters kill those unaffected by the signal,such as Jem and Victoria. Escaping from a hunter they reach the White Bear transmitter,which they intend to destroy. However the White Bear set-up is not what it first appears and nor is Victoria. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Release Date:

18 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The original draft of the script was a straightforward survival story, according to Charlie Brooker. It wasn't until he was shown the filming locations that he came up with the twist ending. See more »


Victoria Skillane: I woke up in this house. I don't even know if it was my house. I don't even know who I am.
Jem: You must know something.
Victoria Skillane: [Victoria shakes her head. Then pulls out a photo of a little girl from her pocket] I think this is my daughter.
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References Manhunt (2003) See more »

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Yes, humanity is powerful and can get really lost
12 April 2018 | by esraaesdpSee all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes in Black Mirror. It reminded me of Metalhead episode in a sense that I did not enjoy 40 mins of a woman screaming and running without knowing what's happening in that crazy world, but here in White Bear this is exactly the thing; you should at least know that this is pointless torture! It broke my heart when she said "I'm a human being", she begs and cries everyday and yet no one in the show doubted the whole thing! Yes, people can get really cruel and dreadful, especially when they collectively believe that they have the right to judge and punish. The mark on the screens reminded me of the Nazi's swastika, and no surprise that I was very familiar with the euphoria and blind belief of the audience in the episode; we have seen this with Hitler, Rwanda, Middle east, etc. When you're strong and you think you're on the right side/class/race/religion, you can be really really inhumane to the extent that you enjoy repeated pointless torture to a human for THE SAME CRIME.

Very well written and very well acted as well.

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