Black Mirror (2011– )
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Shut Up and Dance 

When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.


James Watkins


William Bridges (as Will Bridges), Charlie Brooker




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Lawther ... Kenny
Jerome Flynn ... Hector
Susannah Doyle ... Blackmailed Woman
Frankie Wilson ... Tom
Jimmy Roye-Dunne Jimmy Roye-Dunne ... Red
Hannah Steele ... Melissa
Sarah Beck Mather Sarah Beck Mather ... Restaurant Mother
Beatrice Robertson-Jones Beatrice Robertson-Jones ... Restaurant Daughter
Maya Gerber Maya Gerber ... Lindsay
Camilla Power ... Sandra
Ivanno Jeremiah ... Moped Man
Mariam Haque Mariam Haque ... Petrol Station Attendant
Natasha Little ... Karen
Nicola Sloane ... Bank Clerk
Paul Bazely ... The Man in the Woods


When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shut Up and Dance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

House Of Tomorrow See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Charlie Brooker stated in an interview that this episode went through many different versions, some not including the final twist and some with Hector being the one to harbour a dark secret. See more »


Kenny receives his text from "unknown number" yet manages to have an on going text conversation. See more »


The Man in the Woods: What they get you for?
Kenny: I just looked at some photos. That's all. I just looked at one or two photos.
The Man in the Woods: Yeah, Yeah. I just looked at pictures too. How young were they? In the pictures? How young ?
[Kenny does not respond]
The Man in the Woods: Yeah. Well, me too.
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Exit Music (for a Film)
Written by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway
Performed by Radiohead
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Terrifying and thrilling.
15 May 2019 | by cruise01See all my reviews

Black Mirror (4.5 out of 5 stars).

Shut Up and Dance Episode 3.03

Shut Up and Dance is a dark, twisted, and thrilling that takes the episode into a different direction in Black Mirror. The episode follows a couple of characters Kenny a teenager which his computer camera caught him in a act which some unknown person is messaging him and blackmailing him to do horrific acts. Hector is a character who is secretly having an affair and some unknown person is messaging him to do acts unless he wants his secret exposed to his wife.

The plot is intense. It is horrifying because it can be relatable to real world situations with people computers being hacked and the camera can catch anything. And the person can blackmail another for their own personal gain. It is sad but true. Seeing Kenny and Hector panicked and nervous is emotionally scary and sad. There is a twist that can make you feel unease and disturbed. Without giving away much details. Alex Lawther was great playing Kenny. Jerome Flynn playing Hector was good too. They worked great on screen together.

The story and concept is creepy and scary with the idea of a person being blackmailed and forced to do stuff that can break the law.

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