The next instalment of Charlie Brooker's anthology series is on the way
Charlie Brooker’s scarily accurate sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror will definitely be returning for a fifth season, which, to be honest, is fucking great news. Here’s everything we know so far about season five of the acclaimed Netflix show.
- Season five will reportedly invite viewers to embark on a ‘Choose-Your-Own-Adventure’ journey for one episode.
- Charlie Brooker will discuss Black Mirror along with co-creator Anabel Jones during a rare discussion event at the indigo at The O2 in November.
Do we have any release dates for season five yet?
As of yet, neither the producers of Black Mirror or Netflix have released a premiere date for season five.
Going by previous cycles of the show, however, we may be treated to new episodes before 2018 is out: season three was released in its entirety on Netflix on October 21, 2016, while season four arrived on December 29, 2017. A Bloomberg report in early October claimed that season five “is expected to be released in December.”
How many episodes will season five have?
This is still unconfirmed – but, again, going by the format of seasons three and four, the next Black Mirror series should comprise of six brand new episodes.
Is there a trailer for Black Mirror season five?
Not just yet – but watch this space, folks.
What about casting?
No casting news has been announced thus far, with producers seemingly keen to keep details of season five under wraps.
Has filming begun for the next season of Black Mirror?
Yes! Local reports first shed light on the commencement of filming of season five earlier this year, with production kicking off in April in south London. Letters were sent to local residents and business owners in Croydon by production company Ealing Studios detailing their plans to film in the St. George’s Walk area.
Cast and crew from the show have also been spotted filming near Gravesend in Kent, according to Kent Online. A June report claimed that scenes were being shot on Henhurst Road in Jeskyns, with filming take place throughout the week – one ambiguous photo, captured in a field, saw an actor in a suit and another in a police officer’s uniform. Another photo shows dust coming from behind a car in a field.
Any idea of the plot?
On October 1, Bloomberg reported that Netflix has given Black Mirror the green light to do a ‘Choose-Your-Own-Adventure’ episode in season five. This format will also be applied to other Netflix shows, but Black Mirror is thought to be the first adult programme to adopt the project.
“Viewers will get to choose their own storylines in one episode of the upcoming season,” the report states, before elaborating on the complexity of this experimental new format. “This new type of narrative can complicate the production, and dealmaking. While a traditional movie has a 100-page script, a two-hour experience needs to have a longer script and production to account for all the different scenarios. Writers and producers are still determining how the extra demands affect their pay, among other matters.”
With each episode standing alone, there won’t be any cliffhangers for season five to resolve. However, Charlie Brooker has previously revealed that he had an idea for a sequel to the season two episode ‘White Bear’.
Speaking to The Independent, he explained it was “more a zombie apocalypse-type thing about a journalist and this signal bouncing about the globe” but added it could be difficult to do, saying: “It’d probably be a heck of a job to go back and recreate the entire fucking park because it’s gone now. It might work better as a graphic novel or something like that.”
But we do know some ideas that probably won’t happen. Throughout the four seasons, Black Mirror has genre-hopped between a variety of different themes, but it looks like Brooker won’t ever broach the superhero motif. “I’m not that interested in superheroes generally because there’s so many of them around,” he told NME. “If we were to do superheroes… it’s hard to see what hasn’t already been done! ‘Iron Man’ is a bit of a Black Mirror superhero story in many ways, as is Kick-Ass, so it’d be a tricky one.”
We may get more of an insight about the direction of season five when Charlie Brooker discusses Black Mirror together with co-creator Annabel Jones at an event at London’s indigo at The O2 next month. The pair will talk about the inspirations behind the show during a rare Q&A session in the capital on November 1 – tickets are available here.
The pair have also written a book, Inside Black Mirror, which explains the story behind the creation of the series.
And could we see a sequel to ‘San Junipero’ in the next season?
Almost certainly not. When NME asked about a sequel to the fan-favourite episode, Brooker responded: “In terms of a sequel to ‘San Junipero’, no, certainly not in its current form – I don’t think we’d revisit those characters unless we had a really, really good reason. And I very much doubt that we would do that as an episode. Maybe as a graphic novel or some sort of commemorative biscuit; but we wouldn’t want to pick that apart and tinker with it, as we’d like to leave Kelly and Yorkie where they are.”
And what about a Black Mirror film?
Brooker has revealed that a movie would be unlikely, telling NME: “We would need a really good idea to do a movie… because we feel like they’re little movies anyway. So unless we had an idea that needed 300 million dollars, I think we’re incredibly lucky to be doing what we’re doing.”