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Charlie Brooker: It’s weird how often Black Mirror predicts real life

The show will return for a fourth series on December 29.

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker has said he finds it ‘weird’ how many real events his dystopian anthology series has predicted.

The writer of the hit Netflix show said he does not look at the news for story ideas but does inadvertently forecast real-life developments.

He told the Press Association: “What we don’t tend to do is sit down and look at the newspaper and go: ‘Right, what’s the Black Mirror take on the refugee crisis or this new gizmo that has come out from Apple?’

“We don’t tend to do that. I think the ideas tend to come out of unpleasant but darkly amusing ‘what if’ scenarios and luckily there’s no shortage of those.”

He added: “Having said all of that, we do seem to have a weird track record for predicting things that then come true. So maybe that’s why we don’t bother looking at the news so much.”

Asked if he was concerned other things he has written might come true, he said: “It’s interesting, because in previous seasons we’ve had, there was a story about bee drones and we didn’t realise that that’s a thing – or it certainly is now.

“There was that thing about an AI box that is based on your social media presence, that’s a thing now.

“So basically if anything from season 4 comes true, we are all in trouble.”

Annabel Jones, the producer of the series, added: “I think if there’s ever a theme, it tends to be more universal. So it’s a story that we’re telling and then the details and the world around it maybe has more resonance.

“So you don’t try and predict what is going to be five years in the future, it’s more ‘How am I feeling about this?’ And ‘What am I worried about?’ It’s more innate, more organic.”

She added: “But I would say in season four, there is a range of tone across the season.

“And there are some that are quite upbeat, quite positive and some which are fun, like a romp.

“And whilst it has moments of that Black Mirror unsettling or brutality, there are some big romps in there, which I think makes the series keep you on your toes. You never quite know what you’re going to get.”

Series four of Black Mirror is released on Netflix on December 29.

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