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Charlie Brooker

Yasir Düzcan

Charlie Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English author, screenwriter, producer, and presenter. He is the creator of the anthology series Black Mirror. He grew up in ?n Oxfordshire. After attending Wallingford School, he attended the Polytechnic of Central London (which became the University of Westminster during his time there), studying for a BA in Media Studies. In addition to writing for programmes such as Black Mirror, Brass Eye, The 11 O’Clock Show and Nathan Barley, Brooker has presented a number of television shows, including Screenwipe, Gameswipe, Newswipe, Weekly Wipe, and 10 O’Clock Live. He also wrote a five-part horror drama, Dead Set. He has written comment pieces for The Guardian and is one of four creative directors of the production company Zeppotron.

A list of screenplays he written:

The 11 O’Clock Show 1999–2000
Brass Eye 2001
TVGoHome 2001
Spoons 2005
Nathan Barley 2005
Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe 2006–2008
Rush Hour 2007
Dead Set 2008
Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe 2008
You Have Been Watching 2009–2010
Newswipe with Charlie Brooker 2009–2010
Charlie Brooker’s 2010 Wipe 2010
How TV Ruined Your Life 2010
Charlie Brooker’s 2011 Wipe 2011
10 O’Clock Live 2011–2013
Black Mirror 2011
Them from That Thing 2012
A Touch of Cloth 2012–2014
How Videogames Changed the World 2013
Cunk on Shakespeare 2016
Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe 2016
Cunk on Christmas 2016
Mr Biffo’s Found Footage 2017

Critical Reception

The “Black Mirror” series has been praised as being creative and shocking with twists-in-the-tale reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone”. Michael Hogan of “The Daily Telegraph” described the first episode, “The National Anthem”, as “a shocking but ballsy, blackly comic study of the modern media”. He went on to say that “This was a dementedly brilliant idea. The satire was so audacious, it left me open-mouthed and squealing. Rather like that poor pig.

The series was taken up across much of the world, including Australia, Israel, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Hungary and China. The series has become popular and been well received in China, becoming one of the most discussed series in early 2012. User ratings on Douban reached 9.3, higher than most popular American dramas.

Many viewers and critics praised the depth of the series. A reporter from The Beijing News thought the programme was “an apocalypse of modern world”, “desperate but profound”. Another article from the same newspaper thought each story criticised television from different aspects. Xu Wen at The Epoch Times thought the stories reveal modernity’s moral turpitude.

Sameer Rahim of The Telegraph wrote, “The show touched on important ideas – the false way we sometimes present ourselves online, and our growing addiction to virtual lives – but it was also a touching exploration of grief. To my mind it’s the best thing Brooker has done.”

Awards and Nominations:

Charlie Brooker won the 2009 Columnist of the Year award at the British Press Awards for his Guardian column. Dead Set was nominated for the 2009 Best Drama Serial BAFTA. In 2010, he was given the Best Entertainment Programme Award for Newswipe from the Royal Television Society. He has received three British Comedy Awards: Best Newcomer in 2009, Best Comedy Entertainment Show Award for Newswipe in 2011 and Best Comedy Entertainment Personality in 2012. At the BAFTA TV Awards 2017, his show Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe won for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme.

In 2017, Brooker won two Primetime Emmy Awards for the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero”. In 2018 Brooker won another Primetime Emmy along with William Bridges for his writing on the Black Mirror episode USS Callister.

Significant collaborators

Jesse Armstrong : He is a writer and producer, known for Four Lion (2010), In the Loop (2009) and Fresh Meat (2011). He is the partner writer of Charlie Brooker at “Black Mirror”
William Bridges: He is a writer and director, known for Black Mirror (2011), Stranger Things (2016) and Shallow (2012).

Common Theme in his works

Brooker said he wants to get under the skins of the audience and into their minds to aggravate them. He specifically write about a dark reflection of modern world, social issues, the future of technology, intelligently dark and disturbing elements of politics, social classes, relationships, romantic relationships, new technologies, social network, video games, psychology, human metabolism, media, data, war, virtual life, education, environment in terms of the zone between delight and discomfort

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An analysis of subject matter in the writer’s work

Charlie Brooker said: “If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.”

Black Mirror was inspired by older anthology shows like The Twilight Zone, which were able to deal with controversial, contemporary topics without fear of censorship. Brooker developed Black Mirror to highlight topics related to humanity’s relationship to technology, creating stories that feature “the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy. The science fiction themes frequently delve into the crime genre providing audiences with a surreal frightening realization of results of the sci-fi world morphing into our daily lives.

A lot of his previous shows, Carlie Brooker’s wipe, Cunk on Britain, A touch of Cloth, have followed a similar format where he uses a mixture of sketches he has created himself and footage from the news and/or from television, which he talks over making sarcastic and cynical observations and jokes. His characteristics and his tone of voice on his shows are that he is grumpy, very cynical, blunt, brutally honest, sarcastic and at times very aggressive and borderline offensive to some.