If you're a Black Mirror fan, brace yourself for some potentially disappointing news – the dystopian anthology series seems to be on hold, at least for now.
Creator Charlie Brooker – who has written or co-written all but two episodes of the famously inventive sci-fi series – has revealed he's not currently working on new Black Mirror screenplays.
The reason? Brooker has read the room, so to speak, and doesn't think viewers would respond well to his often bleak visions of the future while we're battling a global pandemic.
"I've been busy, doing things. I don't know what I can say about what I'm doing and not doing," he told the Radio Times. "At the moment, I don't know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I'm not working away on one of those."
"I’m sort of keen to revisit my comic skill set, so I’ve been writing scripts aimed at making myself laugh," added Brooker, who also hosts a semi-regular series of BBC satirical current affairs shows called Screenwipe.
He's currently working on a special quarantine edition of Screenwipe, which is wittily titled Antiviral Wipe.
Black Mirror, which has won eight Emmy Awards including three consecutive wins in the Outstanding Television Movie category, last returned in 2019 for a three-episode fifth season, including one episode starring Andrew Scott.
Do you think Charlie Brooker is wise to put Black Mirror on hold for now?