Dreaming of a Black Christmas

A movie-length episode of Black Mirror, aptly titled Yuletide, is among the Christmas Day highlights on Sky’s SoHo channel.

It will also screen on December 25 in the UK and US but because of the time zone differences, will be seen here first.

It stars Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin (left) in three intertwined tales of techno-paranoia by Black Mirror creator Charley Brooker.

“I always enjoy a good ghost story at Christmas, and I’m a sucker for the Amicus’ compendium horror movies of the ‘70s,” he says in the Channel 4 press release.

“Our aim is to create the Black Mirror equivalent of that.”

Channel 4’s head of comedy, Phil Clarke, describes it as “a dystopian future festive tale … It’s satirical, comic, disturbing, and thought provoking.”

Brooker’s wife and creative partner Konnie Huq says Hamm’s role is a real departure for the actor.

“Jon Hamm might not be playing the part that you’d expect him to play,” she told RadioTimes.com, “because he often plays a certain type of character.”

Huq soon will present on UK TV a Sky 1 HD re-make of King of the Nerds, in which a group of pop-culture fanatics live together by night and battle it out by day to take their place on the Throne of Games.

“It’s reality show meets quiz meets documentary, meets science, meets fantasy and sci-fi, meets awesome!”

Next month SoHo also will screen a movie-length finale of Hello Ladies, the Stephen Merchant comedy for HBO that lasted only one season.

It will air on December 7, the day after a box set re-run of the series.

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One Response to “Dreaming of a Black Christmas”

  1. I have really enjoyed Black Mirror and Hello Ladies. A bit disappointed that they are not doing a second season of Hello Ladies.

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