An article over at Radiotimes has just revealed the first images and plot details from this years Black Mirror Christmas special. Interestingly it seems like the series is retaining its three part structure even with the one episode limit by making this seasonal offering into an example of that great horror tradition, the portmanteau:
In a mysterious and remote snowy outpost, Matt (Jon Hamm) and Potter (Rafe Spall), share a Christmas meal together and swap creepy tales of their earlier lives in the outside world. Matt is a charismatic American trying to bring the reserved, secretive Potter out of his shell. Are both men who they appear to be?
As for the tales themselves?
Along the way we see Jon Hamm offering an unusual form of romantic guidance to an inexperienced young man, watch Oona Chaplin thrust headlong into a nightmarish world of 'smart' gadgetry, and explore what might happen if you could 'block' people in real life, just as you can on Facebook or Twitter.
Ok still very much on the vague side at this point, but the idea of IRL "blocking" technology already sounds like solid speculative fiction gold to me.
Head over to Radiotimes.co.uk for more details and images of a ruggedy Jon Hamm, a futuristically sleek Oona Chaplin and an I-think-I-might-have-a-thing-for Rafe Spall.
Black Mirror will air in the UK on December 16th on Channel 4