BLACK MIRROR episode 15 Million Merits told a bleak tale while taking aim at reality shows. But what happened in season 1, episode 2 of the series?


Black Mirror 15 Million Merits took aim at reality shows (Image: CHANNEL 4)

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Anthology series đen Mirror debuted back on Channel 4 in 2011 & became a cult hit. Acerbic broadcaster & Charlie Brooker created the show, which features standalone stories playing on the anxieties around technology. Here’s a breakdown of đen Mirror 15 Million Merits & its meaning.

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What happened in black Mirror 15 Million Merits?

15 Million Merits was by Brooker and his wife and former blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq credited as Kanak Huq.

Audiences were plunged into a world where people earned credits or merits by riding on stationary bikes.

The merits were a substitute for currency and allowed people lớn purchase items such as toothpaste or food.

As part of this world, people lived in pods made up of screens và were forced lớn watch adverts transmitted on them.


Black Mirror 15 Million Merits starred Daniel Kaluuya và Jessica Brown Findlay (Image: CHANNEL 4)


Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits was written by Charlie Brooker and Konnie Huq (Image: CHANNEL 4)

This society also those deemed overweight with these individuals to more menial roles such as cleaners. Many ended up on humiliating reality programmes such as Fattax & Botherguts.

15 Million Merits followed Bingham "Bing" Madsen (played by Daniel Kaluuya), who was with cycling all day long & earning currency.

However, things changed for Bing when he met Abi Khan (Jessica Brown Findlay) who he took a shine to.

After hearing Abi singing in the toilets, he her khổng lồ audition for Hot Shot, a reality series which turn her into a star và perhaps allow her lớn leave behind a life of drudgery.


Black Mirror 15 Million Merits took aim at reality shows (Image: CHANNEL 4)

He even transferred his merits lớn her so she would have enough needed to lớn pay the audition fee. Abi quý phái Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) by Irma Thomas - a recurring track in đen Mirror.

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However, the audition didn’t go to plan with the judges telling her they’d already seen her cấp độ of talent and wanted something else.

Abi ended up an adult star on the pornographic channel WraithBabes.

After seeing Abi a WraithBabe và featuring in an ad for the programme, Bing was enraged she was pressurised by the Hot Shot judges.

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He smashed the screens in his pod và hid a shard of glass in his pillow. Bing then worked away day & night to lớn build up his merits lớn appear on Hot Shot.

When he finally made it onto the programme, he threatened to kill himself live on air as he launched into a diatribe about how the show destroyed anything pure và good.

Ironically, Bing’s plan backfired with the judges loving his performance and giving him his own show và bigger living quarters with a much bigger screen than the one he had before.

Speaking about the episode, Brooker told Radio Times: “The idea came about when my wife was watching me dumbly patting at an máy tính bảng ipad while simultaneously checking Twitter on a phone, & remarked that I’d only be truly happy if every wall in the house functioned as some form of touchscreen.

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“This led khổng lồ a about inflight entertainment: about how the addition of a small screen spooling films into your face makes the of a long-haul flight more bearable.

“How much you bear while being entertained? Taking that as a starting point, we sketched out an idea for a world in which permanent distraction was king, a world that steadily became more và more sinister the more details we added.”

Brooker added: “Incidentally, although the at the heart at the story may look familiar, the episode is not a “satire on talent shows”.

“It’s more about the tainted surrounding air Bing và Abi have no choice but to breathe: it’s about wanting something better than you currently have.”