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Saturday 23 May 2015

Brooker tackles 'sense of unease'

Charlie Brooker has written Black Mirror for Channel 4
Charlie Brooker has written Black Mirror for Channel 4

Charlie Brooker has cast Julia Davis, Rupert Everett and Suranne Jones in his new series, which he said will examine the "sense of unease" around the rise of technology.

Charlie, who said the three-part series Black Mirror was "inspired" by the American series The Twilight Zone, stressed he was "not anti-technology".

But he said: "It struck me there was space to do something that was exploring a sense of unease I had, and I think a lot of people share, the way the world has changed immeasurably in the last five years or so."

The three stand-alone shows include a political thriller starring Rory Kinnear and Lindsay Duncan that is described as a "twisted parable for the Twitter age" and another set on a talent show starring Julia and Rupert.

The series will be broadcast on Channel 4 this autumn.

Charlie is also behind a spoof detective drama, called A Touch Of Cloth, which will be shown on Sky.

The show, starring John Hannah and Suranne Jones, is billed as "an all-encompassing parody of every police procedural ever written".

Charlie, who co-wrote the 2005 sitcom Nathan Barley, is best known for writing his Screen Burn column in the Guardian and for presenting Screenwipe - a satirical look at television - on BBC4.

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