Netflix orders 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’

But it's not known whether the new episodes will premiere on Netflix in the UK

Netflix has commissioned 12 new episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

Following rumours earlier this month that Black Mirror was moving to Netflix , the streaming giant has confirmed that Brooker has starting writing the new episodes and filming will begin later this year.

The new episodes will premiere on Netflix in all territories except the UK and Ireland, where Netflix says “plans are still being determined”. Previous series of Black Mirror debuted on Channel 4 and it has been rumoured that the channel has negotiated a special deal to show the new episodes first in the UK.

“It’s all very exciting – a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable,” Brooker said in a statement. “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.”

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 recent newspaper headlines, Brooker has 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.