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Netflix Drops Trailer For Death To 2020 Special From Creators Of Black Mirror

Netflix Drops Trailer For Death To 2020 Special From Creators Of Black Mirror

Netflix has dropped the trailer for one-off special Death to 2020 - from the creators of Black Mirror. Watch it here:

The mockumentary will see a series of fictional characters look back on the seemingly never-ending s***storm that has been 2020.

It's created and executive produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, who brought us the hit anthology series Black Mirror, and it boasts a star-studded cast including the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Hugh Grant and Joe Keery.

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But while a show about 2020 from the creators of Black Mirror sounds - in theory - like it could be the most bleak form of entertainment imaginable, Death to 2020 will be a lot more light-hearted than what we've come to expect from Brooker and Jones.

Indeed, Netflix has described it as an 'original comedy event', so it will probably feel more like Brooker's Screenwipe than Black Mirror.

It's out on Sunday. Credit: Netflix
It's out on Sunday. Credit: Netflix

As Brooker explained: "Those who only know me through Black Mirror may not realise that when not writing speculative sci-fi about people frowning at smartphones, I've spent years making comedy shows in the UK - including many topical comedy specials.

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"So to me, Death to 2020 feels like the collision of several different strands... Do strands 'collide'? No. Apologies.

"But the approach for this is quite different to most of the topical comedy I've done in the past. For one thing, I'm not on screen presenting it - a particular relief to anyone watching in 4K - and it's more character-based."

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The synopsis reads: "2020: A year so [insert adjective of choice here], even the creators of Black Mirror couldn't make it up... but that doesn't mean they don't have a little something to add.

"Death to 2020 is a comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year that was - and perhaps still is?

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"This landmark documentary-style special weaves together a chorus of narration from some of the world's most (fictitious) renowned voices with real-life archival footage spanning the past 12 months."

Grant plays a historian named Tennyson Foss. Credit: Netflix
Grant plays a historian named Tennyson Foss. Credit: Netflix
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The 70-minute show took just 10 days to shoot, with each cast member spending only one day on their part and some actors joining the project just a few weeks ago.

Filming took place in Los Angeles and London, with Brooker and Jones watching over shooting in the US via Zoom.

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They also had to constantly rework the script as monumental global events continued to unfold unceasingly.

Beyond the global pandemic, the show will cover subjects such as the US election, the Black Lives Matter movement, the rise of TikTok, Parasite's Oscar win, the royal family and the Australian wildfires.

It's out on Netflix on Sunday 27 December.

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Topics: Charlie Brooker, black mirror, TV and Film, Netflix

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