how Black MirrorLearning objectives: to exploremeets Channel 4’s remit requirementsLearning outcomes: to have made the link betweenBroadcasting legislation and textual evidence from theshowEBI: to apply knowledge of Channel 4’s cultural andpolitical history
What do you imagine the broadcasting remit is for British TV channels?
2003 Communications Act An Act of Parliament giving full power over telecommunications to Ofcom Helps to maintain both quality and impartiality Applicable to all TV broadcasters including Channel 4
The Channels primary purpose is the fulfillment of its public service remit, which wasmost recently defined in the 2003 Communications Act. This states that "the publicservice remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverseprogramming which, in particular:(a) demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content ofprogrammes;(b) appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society;(c) makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public servicechannels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes ofeducative value; and(d) exhibits a distinctive character." •Using textual evidence from Black Mirror, suggest how the show fits into the Channel4 remit, in particular, the criteria defined in the 2003 Communications Act.
• Why do you think Black Mirror was suited to a slot on Channel 4, rather than E4? Consider elements of representation and genre as well as using the information detailed above.
Watch the opening sequence to BlackMirror Episode Two ‘15 Million Merits’ Identify common elements in this episodecompared toEpisode One : The National AnthemConsider:•Themes•Visual style•Social commentary•Characterisation and narrative
PlenaryWhat makes this show typical of Channel 4 programming?