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Shut Up and Dance 

When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.


James Watkins


William Bridges (as Will Bridges), Charlie Brooker




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Lawther ... Kenny
Jerome Flynn ... Hector
Susannah Doyle ... Blackmailed Woman
Frankie Wilson ... Tom
Jimmy Roye-Dunne Jimmy Roye-Dunne ... Red
Hannah Steele ... Melissa
Sarah Beck Mather ... Restaurant Mother
Beatrice Robertson-Jones Beatrice Robertson-Jones ... Restaurant Daughter
Maya Gerber Maya Gerber ... Lindsay
Camilla Power ... Sandra
Ivanno Jeremiah ... Moped Man
Mariam Haque Mariam Haque ... Petrol Station Attendant
Natasha Little ... Karen
Nicola Sloane ... Bank Clerk
Paul Bazely ... The Man in the Woods


When withdrawn Kenny stumbles headlong into an online trap, he is quickly forced into an uneasy alliance with shifty Hector, both at the mercy of persons unknown.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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This is the first episode since episode 1.1, Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011), to only feature currently existing technology. See more »


While cycling to the multi-storey car park, Kenny receives a text that reads "DON'T BE LATE. YOU HAVE 90 SECONDS". When he arrives and texts "I'm here", the preceding text now simply says "DON'T BE LATE". See more »


Hector: Breathe through your nose!
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References Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011) See more »


Exit Music (for a Film)
Written by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway
Performed by Radiohead
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Every teenage boy's nightmare becomes mass carnage.
26 January 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Black Mirror has always managed to shock, horrify and get you to think, it's at its best when you say to yourself 'wow that could really happen,' and this is certainly one of those episodes. One minor action turns one young lads life upside down.

After a few minutes in I thought the episode was pretty good, and after the initial incident I figured I was in for an interesting watch, but wow that was a twist and a half. It became darker, deeper and just downright more sinister with every scene. Tension was caused by minor things like Hector's friend asking for a lift. The fact that nobody knew why they were there or who was behind it made it all the more enjoyable.

Ambiguity can be lazy in some shoes, things happening for no apparent reason, but the whole point of the anonymity of the miscreant here is that in this digital age, you have no idea who's behind things that go on.

Awesome performances from everyone, I must take the opportunity to commend Jerome Flynn on his performance, he's become such a wonderful actor.

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Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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House Of Tomorrow See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.90 : 1
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