Charlie Brooker Indicates There Won't Be New Black Mirror Anytime Soon
The sci-fi anthology series looks at how technology could impact society - almost always painting a bleak dystopian version of the world.
But given that Covid-19 has shifted society far closer to a Black Mirror-esq state than ever before, Brooker seems to think there wouldn't be much appetite for the show at present.
Speaking to the Radio Times, he said: "I've been busy, doing things. I don't know what I can say about what I'm doing and not doing.
"At the moment, I don't know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I'm not working away on one of those. I'm sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I've been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh."
Die-hard fans of the series may cling to the hope that these comments mean he's just working on some lighter episodes, like 'Hang the DJ', but this doesn't really seem like a plausible interpretation of his comments as none of the episodes have ever really been built on Brooker's comic skill set.
Said skill set has been best evidenced with A Touch of Cloth and the Screenwipe series, which is returning for a coronavirus special.
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Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe was announced a couple of weeks ago and will see the 49-year-old offering his signature brand of analysis of life in lockdown.
In a press release, Brooker said: "The BBC asked me to supply a quote for the press release, which is what you're reading now."
As far as quotes go, this isn't much use as a journalist, though it is highly amusing. Fortunately, the Beeb have fleshed it out with a bit more detail too.
It said: "Charlie Brooker has been lured out of isolation, to go into isolation for the one-off. Charlie will be taking a typically sharp look at life in lockdown, in a show made during lockdown.
"As well as coverage of the crisis itself, he'll also be looking at the things people are watching and doing to keep themselves occupied."
So if you're looking for something to watch to keep yourself occupied in lockdown, then why not watch Charlie Brooker talking about what people are doing to keep themselves occupied in lockdown? That way, you can at least feel like you're in an episode of Black Mirror.
The wipe special will air on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday 14 May.
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