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Charlie Brooker: good at concepts, bad at people

By Edward Kiely  

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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…

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