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black mirror series 3 nosedive

Charlie Brooker's dystopian satire 'Black Mirror' will premiere on Netflix on Friday, but if you can't wait until then, we have some more juicy details to get your teeth into.

Speaking to EW, Brooker has revealed details of all six episodes. Here's what we know.

Nosedive The first episode stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton. Howard plays an insecure office worker living in a world where everyone obsessively rates every tiny social interaction. She comes up with a way to finally rank alongside her friend (played by Alice Eve), who's several rungs above her on the social ladder.

San Junipero Unusually, this episode is set in 1980s California. Brooker describes it as "kind of an 80s coming-of-age drama with a 'Black Mirror' undertow." The beach town in which it's set might be synonymous with "sun, surf and sex", but expect some shady goings-on.

Shut up and Dance In modern-day Britain, a withdrawn 19-year-old (Alex Lawther) stumbles into an online trap where he's forced into an uneasy alliance with a decidedly dodgy character (Jerome Flynn). Like the notorious episode titled The National Anthem (in which the prime minister was forced to have sex with a pig), there are no sci-fi elements in this episode. Which somehow makes it even more unsettling.

Men Against Fire The setting? A post-war future. The idea? A rookie soldier is posted overseas to protect frightened villagers from vicious mutants. Him and his fellow soldier are searching for a new technological tool that will save them.

Hated in the Nation Kelly Macdonald plays a police detective investigating a set of grisly murders all linked to social media. Every episode of the series plays in a different genre – this is very much a Scandi-Noir police procedural, but set in the 'Black Mirror' universe.

Playtest Globetrotter Wyatt Russell meets a woman (Hannah John-Kamen) to test the latest in video game tech. There's no word on what it is, only that it's "as mind-bindingly sophisticated as it is terrifying". Count us out, thanks.

From the trailer, the series looks like it has much higher production values than its predecessors. Roll on Friday.

Source: EW

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