More Black Mirror Season 4 Episode Details Have Been Revealed

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It all started back in 2011 with the prime minister being asked to have intercourse with a pig. Six years, 13 episodes and three Emmy awards later – two for Season 3 stand-out San Junipero – it's difficult to imagine how we got along without Charlie Brooker's groundbreaking dystopian anthology, Black Mirror.

It's almost like he's got deep inside our heads. Almost like he planned the whole thing from the start...

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Anyway, after its third series made the leap to Netflix last year, Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones got straight to work on a fourth series, recruiting the likes of John Hillcoat and Jodie Foster to direct.

Other than some info on episode titles and a short teaser trailer, details on the new batch of episodes have been pretty sparse. That is, until The Independent tracked Jones down and used its powers of persuasion to extract some inside info.

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"It feels slightly schizophrenic, I have to say," Jones joked. "Why would anyone make this show? You have to be a real masochist. Obviously, I should add it's a real privilege."

Here's what else Jones was able to share, episode by episode.

1. Crocodile

Directed by John Hillcoat and starring Andrea Riseborough, Andrew Gower and Kiran Sonia Sawar

"'Crocodile' is a beautiful, more personal study. It's set in Iceland which introduced a totally new palette. It's a film set in the near future where your memories are no longer private so they can be dredged - sometimes in helpful ways. It's very different to [season one episode] 'The Entire History of You' in that they're not accurate – they're memories rather than recordings. We follow Andrea Riseborough, a woman trying to solve a dilemma..."

2. ArkAngel

Directed by Jodie Foster and starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding and Owen Teague

"This one's like an indie movie set in blue-collar America. It follows a mother who has a young daughter and faces that perennial question of how do you look after a child in an increasingly technical world… I always hope that whatever we tackle, it's never on the nose and just more in the background but this episode asks how do you be a responsible mother in a world in which you can be all-powerful and omnipresent? How do you exercise responsibility? How do you ensure you give your child independence in a world in which you can have a lot of control? Charlie's very technical – I'm a little bit technical – but none of these stories really ever have technology screaming down the lens. 'ArkAngel' is a very human story. It was a really harmonious production and watching [director] Jodie Foster with the young actors was just a joy to behold."

3. Hang The DJ

Directed by Tim Van Patten and starring Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole and George Blagden

"'Hang the DJ' doesn't look contemporary but some of the observations and scenes that it tackles are… pertinent to the contemporary dating scene. It involves a lot of comedic moments. There's quite a lot of sex in it...It's funny, it feels real, and has that 'Nosedive' feel - a very alternative reality visual to it. You don't know where you are or what world it is, but very quickly that becomes background – you're just there with the characters, you're seeing what they're experiencing. I think there is a lot of comedic wry observations in the protagonist's story that people will enjoy. It's beautifully acted by Georgina Campbell and Joe Cole. People will enjoy this one with a little smile."

4. USS Callister

Directed by Toby Haynes and starring Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson and Michaela Coel

"'USS Callister' is a space opera. The challenges of trying to create that world, and obviously getting to play with the genre, opened a whole new opportunity. But I think we've put a clever spin on it. It's a romp – it's big and ambitious with lots of CG. It's an absolute visual feast and really high octane. There are obviously more unsettling, poignant and slightly more melancholic moments, but at the same time, it is a romp. It's such a treat for a filmmaker to be making a film this epic."

5. Metalhead

Directed by David Slade and starring Maxine Peake, Jake Davies and Clint Dyer

"This film is in black and white which is a new thing for Black Mirror but it feels the creative decision was earned by the world we're portraying."

6. Black Museum

Directed by Colm McCarthy and starring Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright and Babs Olusanmokun

"'Black Museum' is absolute popcorn. It's three stories in one – a portmanteau type thing – but absolutely full of ideas that whip along and before you know it you're at the end of a 90-minute film and you're like, 'Oh my God, can you please stop? This is horrendous – stop throwing me these things!" It's just unrelenting. It was the last we did in terms of shooting."

Black Mirror will return to Netflix later this year