Charlie Brooker: good at concepts, bad at peopleby Edward Kiely / February 15, 2013 / Leave a comment
The difficulty of writing anything set in another world comes at the beginning. How do you get viewers to relate to a completely alien reality? The solution is a compromise between the imaginative and the ordinary. The audience needs something familiar to cling onto. Hardly any science fiction, for instance, features just aliens and no humans. Even the work of David Lynch—whose name is a byword for the bizarre—has been described by critics as a combination of “the very macabre and the very mundane.” When you’re writing about weird worlds, you’ve got to get the human stuff right. For proof, look at Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, currently airing on Channel 4.
Brooker first made his name as a critic, but in recent years he has begun carving out a niche for himself as a writer of unconventional dramas. In 2007 his TV series Dead Set—in which the Big Brother house is attacked by zombies—was nominated for a Bafta. Now there is the second series of his “techno-paranoia” drama Black Mirror.