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Inside Black Mirror

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  580 ratings  ·  76 reviews

Black Mirror is hands down the most relevant program of our time, if for no other reason than how often it can make you wonder if we’re all living in an episode of it.’ New York Times

What becomes of humanity when it’s fed into the jaws of a hungry new digital machine? Discover the world of Black Mirror in this immersive, illustrated, oral history.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Ebury Press
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Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is a must, MUST read -- must own actually -- for any fan of Black Mirror. Review to come!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I highly recommend rewatching earlier episodes before reading this book (especially the lesser loved eps like the Waldo moment).

This book breaks down the black mirror series episode by episode, with a running dialogue between Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones and the ever rotating team of directors, actors, costume designers, production teams and set designers. Of course, this is packed with trivia, but I found it more fascinating to read about the creative process behind each episod
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this right when it came out and then put off reading it for forever because I skimmed through the pages and thought “this just looks like the transcript of an interview, how boring!” Oh how wrong I was. I loved learning about each episode and the accompanying behind-the-scenes stories! So many previous concepts and ideas and issues they faced, it was all fascinating! The photos included just added to the whole experience and were a beautiful addition. If you love black mirror and wanted ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for fans of the show! Enjoyed it immensely and heartily recommend this book.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of insights into each episode. Makes you want to see certain ones again — either because you loved them or you realize now you didn’t fully appreciate them.
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
i! love! black! mirror!
Bartosz Majewski
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A lot of background stories about creative process, film business, tv production and working as a creative team.
Ricardo Sousa
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book takes us on a journey across each and every episode of Black Mirror seasons 1-4, combining a conversation by the key talent behind each episode (producers, director, actors, etc) with high quality imagery (concept art, production materials, episode shots, etc.)

The book offers interesting insight into the creative process involved in each episode - which felt great not only on my personal favourites (San Junipero, The Entire History of You and Shut Up and Dance) but, to some extent, ac
Katie (wife of book)
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is such a great read! It's interviews with various people involved with the show: writers, directors, actors, make-up artists, set designers. There's so much interesting information in this book about the thought process, and inspirations and some insights into discarded ideas. There's also lots about development of ideas and how some episodes arrive fully formed and some are tweaked until they are just right.
The book is chronological by episode so you can see the growth of the shows p
Jake Harris
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most insightful stuff here is about the challenges of moving from Channel 4 to Netflix. The rest can skewer toward Charlie Brooker hagiography, but if you’re a fan of the show who bought this book, you’re in the target market anyway. The interviews are fun and it made me want to re-watch the show all over again.
Zach Webster
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly in-depth. When I saw that it was just interviews with production about the episodes I was worried it would just be people congratulating themselves but all the contributors take a decent step back to really talk about how the show was created. It offers insight not only into how the scripts came about and thinking of certain narrative choices but also delves into production on set and in the edit to the point you can really imagine how these stories are being created.
Overall a great
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inside Black Mirror is, unsurprisingly, the story of TV series Black Mirror, told in oral history fashion by its creators, directors and actors amongst others. Due to the anthology format of the series, the book goes through each episode individually, with relevant people's comments and discussion, and it is all held together by the voices of Charlie Brooker (creator, writer, executive producer etc) and Annabel Jones (co-show runner and executive producer). The writing is combined with stills an ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
BLACK MIRROR is the twilight zone of this generation, at least the first four seasons... Mercifully, this book stops there. It's a bit of a slap on the back AREN'T WE CLEVER and not much more behind the scenes which would have been nice - but if you've been through the series, it will make you want to do a rewatch. ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Simply amazed at how Charlie Brooker and his team were able to conceptualize and turn the problem of technology into an opportunity.

Certainly not to be missed is the huge list of Black Mirror influences and references! Certainly added to my To-Watch and To-Read Lists in life.
John Lamb
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the insight into the creative process. I would have loved more interviews with some of the other participants and actors in the episodes as well.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great insight into the creative process, challenges and development of one of my favourite TV shows. Obviously, you will enjoy this only if you are a fan of the series. The book also has some amazing photography and design apart from the fact that your fingerprints remain showing on it.....but maybe that's on purpose :D ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was like reading a commentary of each episode, so much insight I completely missed before!
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is pretty much an oral history of every Black Mirror episode through Season 4 so it already needs an update. I was worried it would make this a collection of vague redundant dithering but I was happy to find this to be very well edited. I was also worried about my eyes glazing over when reading about the few episodes that are duds. Happily, even reading about those is interesting and in one case, even the filmmakers seem to sort of agree with me. It was also refreshing to hear about all the ...more
Marta Komar
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inne
It’s hard to believe that the first episodes of Black Mirror were released ten years ago. I was still studying then, Facebook just started to climb to the peak of popularity, and Instagram was just a beginner… It’s hard to recall what I was doing to kill free time because there weren’t so many social media then. I didn’t read as much as now. Maybe I was focused on analogue life? I don’t know, I can’t remember. And that's when Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones were starting to create their futuri ...more
Brad Bell
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What’s not to love of a behind the scenes book about what is arguably the most thought provoking and ballsy show out there. Black Mirror is one of those shows that challenges, entertains and horrifies in equal measure from episode to episode and this book harnesses all the creative output behind every episode. Whether your a fan of “San Junipero” or “Shut up and Dance” this book explains all the details and inspiration for these classic episodes.

Narrated by Charlie Booker and Annabel Jones, the
Paul Hopkins
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whats not to love?

This book... Of course it was going to be good. For me, it is definitely one you would read having watched Black Mirror. Its a read which is bound to be interesting if you already love the genre and want further insights as to how each episode came about. Its a bit like a directors comment track you get on some films but, in this case, for every Black Mirror Episode up to and including Series 4. I found myself really enjoying consuming the behind scenes around one episode while
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As you can imagine, this is a book pretty much exclusively for Black Mirror fans. As you can also see from my rating, I'm very much in that target audience. This is a fantastic companion to my rewatching the series from the start (I'd recommend doing the same - so many little easter eggs and hidden details that make a rewatch a lot of fun).

The book itself has lots of interesting commentary about the making of the episodes and it's interesting to see how the success of the show opened up their b
Rebecca Fung
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. You have to be a Black Mirror fan, of course. It's nicely laid out and there are some good pics. It's really a commentary book and what is great about that is reading some of the personalities of some of the producers/writers/actors seep through on the written page.

I'd recommend catching up on some of the Black Mirrors you might have forgotten because there are references to details but you may not remember the references and while there's a quick summary of each story, not every refere
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inside Black Mirror gives a detailed review to the production and the meaning of each episode of the show. It is narrated as an interview with Charlie rooker an Annabel Jones, and part of the production cast & crew of the corresponding episode.

Black Mirror is a show in which every episode has many layers, so is interesting to read about each one of them directly from the minds behind the show. It shows, in most of the episodes, when did Brooker found the inspiration to develop the history, and
Jul 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great TV series companion for fans of the show. It gives a peek behind the curtains, showing a piece of the creative process behind each episode. Maybe it's the nature of the interviews with creators, maybe the episodes themselves... but the book is very uneven. Some episodes provide a variety of trivia, unexpected depth of commentary, or intriguing inspirations; while others just go through the synopsis and present people being grateful to join the Black Mirror team.

The most interesting for m
Dave Terruso
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a light, fun read. It's an oral history of every episode up through Black Museum. You hear from Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, but also from various actors, directors, set designers, costume designers, casting directors, etc. If you're at all interest in how TV/movies are made, you'll be as fascinated as I was. They show you early versions of designs for things like the aliens in USS Callister or the robot in Metalhead. It's a geeking-out good time.

Charlie and Annabel also break eac
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A collection of interview-style pieces that go episode by episode through the entirety of the Black Mirror series 1-4 (through the Black Museum). Includes quotes from Charlie Brooker (of course) as well as episode directors, writers, actors, producers, production designers, and so many more crew members! During the section where they talk about the possible future of Black Mirror they even have quotes form Netflix's VP of Original Content. There are great photos throughout which alone almost mak ...more
Madeleine Hernandez-g
This was really fun to read! The writers/producers talk about each episode (Seasons 1-4) and sometimes the actors talk about their experience behind the scenes. It's fascinating to find out how the writers of the show came up with these amazing, often dark, ideas! It made me want to watch the show all over again.

My favorite episodes, and the ones that I would rewatch many times, are : Be Right Back, White Christmas, Playtest, Shut up and Dance, San Junipero, USS Callister, Arkangel, Crocodile, H
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here is the reason to watch our favorite series, once again - now paying more attentions to technical details of the production: the cast, the soundtrack, the costumes, the colorscheme etc. I expected more insights into concept, more clues where does Charlie Brooker pick up his genius ideas, but I am such a fan of Black Mirror, that - in any case - this was such an enjoyment to read those behind-the-scene stories.
Lily Stone
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is a British journalist, comic writer and broadcaster. His style of humour is savage and profane, with surreal elements and a consistent satirical pessimism.

He presents TV shows Screenwipe, Gameswipe and Newswipe, wrote a review column for The Guardian newspaper, and is one of four creative directors of comedy production company Zeppotron.

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