Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CHARLIE BROOKER REFLECTS ON BLACK MIRROR'S DARK VISIONS; Black Mirror Taps into the Future - or at Least What It Could Look like. but Co-Creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones Tell Gemma Dunn Their Hit Show Is More about Homing in on the World's Collective Sense of Unease

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

CHARLIE BROOKER REFLECTS ON BLACK MIRROR'S DARK VISIONS; Black Mirror Taps into the Future - or at Least What It Could Look like. but Co-Creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones Tell Gemma Dunn Their Hit Show Is More about Homing in on the World's Collective Sense of Unease

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Byline: Gemma Dunn

FANS of Black Mirror may well be convinced of the show's ability to predict the future. From the iPhone X's Animoji to eyeball video recording, they saw it on screen before it happened in real life.

But as anticipation builds for its fourth season, its cocreators insist the reality - like it or not - is far simpler.

ON SMALL "It's an interesting one," begins Charlie Brooker, who serves as executive producer and showrunner alongside Annabel Jones.

SCREEN "What we don't tend to do is sit down and look at the newspaper and go, 'Right, what's the Black Mirror take on the refugee crisis or this new gizmo that has come out from Apple?' The ideas come out of unpleasant, but darkly amusing 'What if?' scenarios."

THE " Annabel says they're not aiming to foretell events: "You don't try and predict what is going to be five years in the future," she says. "It's more 'How am I feeling about this?' and 'What am I worried about?""Having said all of that, we do seem to have a weird track record for predicting things that then come true," Charlie, 46, surrenders, laughing at his own admission. "Maybe that's why we don't bother looking at the news much!" "We better not say that because it will come true!" Annabel shoots back.

In seven short years - having transitioned from a Channel 4 three-parter to a global hit for Netflix - the dystopian anthology series has proved a prophetic insight into techno paranoia, tapping (rather accurately) into our unease with the modern world.

This year alone, the sci-fi epic scooped two Primetime Emmy awards: one for Outstanding Television Movie and another for Outstanding Writing for San Junipero, a tear-jerking romance story.

"I have heard 2017 described as being trapped, like being trapped in one long unending Black Mirror episode," Charlie announced, as he took to the stage in September. …

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