When is ‘Black Mirror’ back? Netflix announces return date for third series

Charlie Brooker says new episodes are 'more demented than Pokémon Go'

Netflix has announced the release date for the forthcoming series of Black Mirror.

Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, explores the world of human nature within the digital age, with running themes of contemporary techno-paranoia throughout its episodes.

The series, which first premiered on Channel 4 in 2011 , has received an international Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, a Rose D’Or and been nominated for a BAFTA.

It was recently picked up by Netflix after the streaming service outbid Channel 4. Brooker said of the move at the time: “Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel. I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.”

It has now been confirmed that Black Mirror will return for a third season globally on October 21. It will run for six episodes in total.

Parks and Recreation and The Office US star Rashida Jones has co-written an episode for the new series, with Brooker saying of the news: “It turned out they were fans of the show, and the feelings were mutual.”

Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Wyatt Russell and Mackenzie Davis will also appear in new episodes.

“People are always coming up to me and saying ‘That’s a bit Black Mirror’… [but] I didn’t see Pokémon Go coming,” Brooker recently said at Comic Con.

He added: “It’s fair to say that this season, some of the ideas are because we were aware of the greater progress of the world, that you’ve got to go two steps forward to stay ahead of reality at the moment… There are things that are more demented than Pokemon Go within this season.”

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Seven episodes of Black Mirror have been made to date: two series of three episodes apiece, plus a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm and Rafe Spall that aired on Channel 4 last December.

In Black Mirror‘s infamous first episode, a fictional Prime Minister (played by Rory Kinnear) was forced to have sex with a pig in order to secure the safe release of a kidnapped Princess Susannah, Duchess of Beaumont (Lydia Wilson).

In the light of newspaper headlines, Brooker denied having prior knowledge of the allegations that Prime Minister David Cameron put a private part of his anatomy in the mouth of a dead pig while at university.