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Charlie Brooker Has Written A Netflix Mockumentary About 2020

Charlie Brooker Has Written A Netflix Mockumentary About 2020

Charlie Brooker is making a Netflix mockumentary about 2020, according to Hugh Grant, of all people.

He might seem like a bit of a random source, but he's in it, so he should know. The actor said he plays a 'repellent' historian in the show.

Hugh Grant has spilled the beans. Credit: PA
Hugh Grant has spilled the beans. Credit: PA

Speaking to Vulture about his upcoming projects, he said: "I'm doing a thing tomorrow, actually.

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"Charlie Brooker has written a mockumentary about 2020.

"It's for Netflix, and I am a historian who's being interviewed about the year. I'm pretty repellent, actually. And you'll like my wig."

How very intriguing.

LADbible has contacted Netflix for comment, but unless Grant just decided to drop an extremely bizarre and precise lie, then this sounds like something we can look forward to.

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Brooker is of course known for the bleak dystopian anthology series Black Mirror, which envisages all manner of disturbing ways in which technology could horrifically distort human life.

But of course, human life has actually been horrifically distorted this year, prompting the 49-year-old to conclude there probably isn't much appetite for this very particular brand of entertainment in 2020.

Speaking to the Radio Times in May, he said: "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.

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He has taken on 2020 once already, through the form of Screenwipe, which he hadn't done since 2015.

Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe was made during lockdown and looked at the handling of the pandemic through his usual cynical comic lens.

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."

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As far as quotes go, that isn't much use as a journalist - though you have to respect the s***housery.

Fortunately, the Beeb fleshed it out with a bit more detail.

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."

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Unfortunately, it's no longer available on the iPlayer; however, there's still plenty of Black Mirror for you to enjoy on Netflix... if you've got the stomach for it, that is.

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Topics: Charlie Brooker, TV and Film, Netflix

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Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.