Fans of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror can breathe a sigh of relief as Netflix has renewed the acclaimed anthology series for a fifth season.
Launching on Channel 4 back in 2011, Black Mirror ran for just two seasons of three episodes and one Christmas special before Netflix snapped up the show and gave Brooker a bigger canvas to paint on. Completing the twelve episode order that Netflix commissioned back in 2016 with the recent fourth batch, news of renewal comes as welcome news.
The fourth season is perhaps the weakest collection of stories, none are outright bad, but Brooker and co have set the bar so high that it is becoming difficult to top. There are no details on episode count for season five, or when we might see it, but another six episodes is likely the perfect amount for Brooker and his creative team. Let’s not overload the man, we didn’t get a 2017 Wipe last year, and we really, really needed one Charlie. That said, I don’t know how anybody would go about consolidating the crappy year that was 2017 into one hour of Television.
The Netflix upgrade has provided Brooker with access to top talent like directors John Hillcoat, Jodie Foster, Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg. In front of the camera we’ve had Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson, Andrea Riseborough, Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Kelly Macdonald, Bryce Dallas Howard, to name but a few. But Black Mirror never struggled to attract fantastic actors with Daniel Kaluuya, Rory Kinnear, Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker, Jon Hamm, and Rafe Spall all appearing in the first two Channel 4 seasons.
Black Mirror will most likely return to Netflix late this year.