“Black Mirror” is an acclaimed British anthology series about our fears about technology and the future, one that earned comparisons to “The Twilight Zone.” Created by Charlie Brooker (“Brass Eye,” “Dead Set”), the series aired in the U.K. in two three-episode seasons, the first in December 2011 and the second in February 2013, and was for a long time a contender for series most talked about on the internet and yet not available on U.S. television.
But “Black Mirror” is finally coming (legally) to U.S. screens courtesy of DirecTV’s Audience Network. The channel, which is exclusive to DirecTV subscribers, will be airing all six episodes of “Black Mirror,” premiering on Tuesday, November 12 at 9pm. The series will air alongside another Brit series, “Secret State” at 10pm.
“‘Black Mirror’ is truly unlike any other show that is currently on television, which makes it a perfect fit for Audience,” said DirecTV’s Chris Long. “We are always on the hunt for programming that, like our network, is unique and thought-provoking. We are thrilled to be able to present them with ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Secret State.'”
“Black Mirror” is made up of a series of thematically linked but separate stories. The third episode, “The Entire History of You,” has been particularly saluted as a darker variation on similar ideas to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” — it’s set in a world in which people have a device implanted behind their ears that allows them to record and play back everything they’ve done.
“Secret State” is a four-part 2012 miniseries starring Gabriel Byrne as a Deputy Prime Minister caught up in a conspiracy involving an industrial accident and political intrigue.