TV - Black Mirror Season 4

Netflix release a teaser trailer for Season 4 of Black Mirror...

Read Marc Nash's review of Black Mirror Season 3 here.

And season 4 looks to be no less varied than before, with subjects from space-spoof to rocky relationships and a promise of “unpleasantness” as an over-arching theme. It’s not all going to be bleak portents of doom though. “We've got one that's overtly comic, much more overtly comic than anything we've done,” Brooker said. “It's got fairly mainstream comic elements, but also some really unpleasant stuff that happens.” OK, maybe just mostly bleak portents of doom then but that's really all we know about the plotlines.

As with the previous seasons, all the episodes are written by Charlie Brooker, however the USS Callister episode (which looks suitably Star Trek) has been co-written by William Bridges who was also responsible for season 3’s “Shut Up and Dance” episode. As well as the usual star studded casts, there are also some big names behind the camera this season as each episode has a guest director, including Jodie Foster. "Netflix got in touch with her,” Brooker explained. “She's done episodes of Orange Is The New Black before, and they spoke to her and sent her our script, and within a week of that we were Skyping. It was a bit odd, to be Skyping with Jodie Foster.” He added that the episode has “got the tone of an indie movie, an indie drama.”

Here’s what we know about the titles, cast and crew for each of the episodes in details released over the weekend at Edinburgh International TV Festival.

Cast: Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Bloodline), Andrew Gower (Outlander), Kiran Sonia Sawar (Murdered By My Father)
Director: John Hillcoat (Triple Nine, Lawless)

Cast: Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land, Mad Men), Brenna Harding (A Place to Call Home), Owen Teague (Bloodline)
Director: Jodie Foster

“Hang the DJ”
Cast: Georgina Campbell (Flowers, Broadchurch), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders, Green Room), George Blagden (Versailles, Vikings)
Director: Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones)

“USS Callister”
Cast: Jesse Plemons (Black Mass, Fargo), Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street, Fargo), Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, House of Cards), Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum, Monsters: Dark Continent)
Director: Toby Haynes (Dr Who, Sherlock)

Cast: Maxine Peake (The Theory Of Everything, The Village), Jake Davies (The Missing, A Brilliant Young Mind), Clint Dyer (Hope Springs)
Director: David Slade (Hannibal, American Gods)

“Black Museum”

Cast: Douglas Hodge (The Night Manager, Catastrophe), Letitia Wright (Humans, Ready Player One), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots, The Defenders)
Director: Colm McCarthy

Watch the teaser and we'll bring you a premiere date as soon as we have it.

Image The Edinburgh International Television Festival
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