A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Director:

James Hawes

Writers:

Charlie Brooker (created by), Charlie Brooker
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Scott ... Chris Gillhaney
Damson Idris ... Jaden
Topher Grace ... Billy Bauer
Monica Dolan ... CS Linda Grace
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Hayley
Daniel Ings ... David Gilkes
Ruibo Qian ... Penelope Wu
Ambreen Razia ... WPC Najma Haque
Calum Callaghan ... PC Damien Bullen
Quincy Dunn-Baker ... Don
Mirirai ... Shonelle (as Mirirai Sithole)
Laura Morgan ... Thalia
Caitlin Innes Edwards ... Hannah
Maggie Bain ... Maryam
Conrad Khan ... Dibbs
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Storyline

After kidnapping an intern at a tech company, a mysterious Uber driver is surrounded by police in a meadow. The story follows an hours long standoff between the police and the kidnapper, who doesn't want money or to harm his victim, as his true motive slowly becomes clearer the further that the situation spirals out of control.

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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Trivia

This episode centres around an Irishman living in England. The title "Smithereens" is an example of an Irish word that moved into the English language, coming from the Irish "Smidiríní". See more »

Goofs

The sniper could change his position for a clear shot long before Chris ever got to talk to Billy, but he didn't. See more »

Quotes

Chris Gillhaney: I heard that you make these things that way. Addictive. So that you can't take you eyes off them. Well, job done. Bit of user feedback for you there. Maybe factor that into your next update.
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Connections

Referenced in How Didn't This Get Made?: Spidefer-Man 2 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Lifted
(uncredited)
Written by Tunde Baiyewu, Martin Brammer, Paul Tucker
Performed by Lighthouse Family
(heard in the 32nd minute of the episode)
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Good but not really black mirror
5 June 2019 | by MoistMoviesSee all my reviews

It was a thriller short film. Plain and simple. The people being preoccupied with their phones subplot didnt really add much to it except a device for the main characters motivation, and it just felt really forced and uninspired. Had nothing to do with the science fiction aspects associated with black mirror. This is just a story on how reality has been the last decade since Smart phones became normalized in society. Still a great short in its own right tho. The acting by the main is what holds it all together.

But in retrospect, compared to the early seasons of BM. It doesn't hold up at all.. But its by far the best of the 3 from this season...


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Gravesend, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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