In our time of crisis, TV’s chief satirist returns to poke even more fun at the ever-spiraling news cycle and our addiction to its unraveling. Charlie Brooker enlists his regular squad of Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) and Barry Shitpeas (Al Campbell) in this one-off. His first since the 2016 Scrub, to unpick the rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. As well as review some of the shows that we watched alongside it. Here’s hope for a spotlight on continuing “live” television through video calls.
In a past life, satirist Charlie Brooker may have been one of those dogs with a sixth sense of imminent natural catastrophe. That is about to be smashed to smithereens by desperately barking humans who are blithely ignorant of their entire environment. The Brooker preteen watched frightening tv shows about the nuclear war and thought that it would happen some day. As the co-creator of the Emmy-award-winning Black Mirror show. He has offered dystopian scriptures of technology’s unintended consequences. From robotic killer dogs to chip implants tracking in Matrix-like virtual universes. So a civilization that shakes microbes to its core can not have come as a complete surprise.