Channel 4 have of course never shied away from controversial subject matter in their shows, and it seems they’re sticking with their hard-line policy of bringing divisive scenes to our screens with a new comedy.
Written by Charlie Brooker – who of course wrote zombie/Big Brother hit show Dead Set – a new comedy entitled Black Mirror will feature a fictional Prime Minister forced to have sex with a pig as part of a ransom demand.
The storyline begins when a member of the Royal family is kidnapped, and a video taped list of demands for her release turns up on YouTube.
But yes, this is meant to be a comedy…
Of it, Charlie said, “It’s not a massively comfortable piece of television to watch, but it’s not designed simply to outrage people.
“I think when people watch it, I don’t think there’ll be that much of an outcry.”
A Prime Minister having sex with a pig? Not going to outrage people? Yeah, good luck with that Charlie. Maybe you should ask David Walliams how his recent oral sex joke went down, and yes, pun was indeed intended there.
However, Channel 4 say of Black Mirror that it is “a hybrid” of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected.
The Channel adds, “The three stand-alone dramas will be sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent – all audacious ‘what if’ stories: some comic, some shocking.”
One of those tales has been penned by Charlie’s wife, former Xtra Factor host Konnie Huq. She wrote the second installment of Black Mirror, which is entitled, 15 Million Merits.
It is a said to be a “dark satire” that focuses on TV talent shows, with Rupert Everett as the “kingpin judge” who we might take to be a Simon Cowell sort of character.
Of the series as a whole, Charlie added to Channel 4, “Growing up, I always loved The Twilight Zone and shows of that ilk.
“Black Mirror won’t be anything like those, but on the other hand, it’s closer to them than, say, Downton Abbey.
“It combines satire, technology, absurdity, and a pinch of surprise, and it all takes place in a world you almost – almost – totally recognise.
“It changes each week – like the weather, but hopefully about 2000 times more entertaining.”
He then joked, “If you don’t like it, you will be beaten about the face and neck by Channel 4 executives.”
The first episode of Black Mirror, entitled The National Anthem, will air in December starring Rory Kinnear – who is the son of comic actor Roy Kinnear and also stars in the forthcoming new Bond movie, Skyfall – as Prime Minister, Michael Callow.