Interview: Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones on finding hope in nightmares

The two Black Mirror episodes that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September—“San Junipero” and “Nosedive”—are unexpected in that their endings don’t make us feel too terrible about humanity. One might even go so far as to suggest that they are somewhat heartwarming. But just before the The A.V. Club sat down with creator Charlie Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones in Canada, we watched the episode “Shut Up And Dance.” That installment proved that the British series has not completely abandoned its dark soul as it made the jump from Channel 4 to Netflix. Yes, Black Mirror is still in the nightmare business.

Brooker and Jones enlisted a bevy of eclectic talent for the new season, which consists of six episodes that span a range of styles despite all hinging on anxieties of the digital age. “Nosedive,” a satire about the perils of …

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