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Be Right Back 

After learning about a new service that lets people stay in touch with the deceased, a lonely, grieving Martha reconnects with her late lover.

Director:

Owen Harris

Writers:

Charlie Brooker (creator), Charlie Brooker
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Hayley Atwell ... Martha
Domhnall Gleeson ... Ash
Claire Keelan ... Naomi
Sinead Matthews ... Sarah
Flora Nicholson ... Midwife
Glenn Hanning ... Delivery Man
Tim Delap ... Simon
Indira Ainger Indira Ainger ... Martha's Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Fadil ... Christopher
Chris Wilson ... Paramedic
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Storyline

Martha is devastated when her partner Ash is killed in an accident the day they planned to move in together. At Ash's funeral, Martha's friend tells her of a new service which enables people to communicate with their (deceased) loved one. Martha is appalled, and decides to stay in the cottage despite her sister's view she is isolating herself. One day Martha gets a message from Ash, and she realises Sarah has signed her up for the service. Initially, Martha's displeased but, on finding she's pregnant, relents and soon begins communicating now and more with 'Ash'. With her comfort-level growing talking with the synthetic Ash, it isn't long before 'he' tells Martha about a 'next level' of communicating - one which will bring them truly closer. Written by don @ minifie-1 (updated by U.N. Owen)

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Trivia

A service called "That can be my next tweet!" has existed since 2013 that will analyze your twitter stream and attempt to create a tweet that you could have written. See more »

Goofs

When arriving at Ash's house, it's raining. The subsequent shot shows Mar standing in the sitting room with her blue rain jacket completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Martha: See, Ash would've been scared. He wouldn't have just leapt off, he would have been crying...
Ash: [starts crying] Please don't make me do it. No.
Martha: That's not fair.
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Connections

References Alien (1979) See more »

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If I Can't Have You
(uncredited)
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by Yvonne Elliman
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Simulcra and Simulation
22 February 2018 | by GraXXoRSee all my reviews

At what point do we step over the "uncanny valley" and into a simulation of something so real that, even for a brief moment, we convince ourself that it is real?

In this episode, what technology takes away from us when we are living: our concentration and focus on the here and now, it attempts to reinstate when we are dead, all those lost opportunities and moments spent in the virtual world are returned, with interest.

Only what comes back is merely a simulacrum, a reflection of what once was, and when the grief is over and one opens one's eyes again, one realises the shallowness of that before them and any previous feeling of intimacy and thankfulness is quickly soured into resentment and anger.

IS there a difference between life itself and a simulation, thereof? And if a simulation were of sufficient complexity and sophistication, would it become indistinguishable from life itself?


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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