Black Mirror Is Moving To Netflix With 12 New Episodes On The Way

The rumors are true: Netflix has agreed to produce a 12-episode third season of Black Mirror, the celebrated British anthology series that's helped to revitalize near-future sci-fi this decade. Netflix has commissioned 12 new episodes of Black Mirror, with production due to start later this year.

Netflix's acquisition of Black Mirror isn't a total shock: it already had the rights to the show's back catalog, and the service was rumored to be producing new episodes of the show earlier this month. It's also picked up several other shows during the middle of their lifespans, including AMC's The Killing and A&E's Longmire.

Black Mirror will continue to be made in the UK by production company House of Tomorrow’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, who were the showrunners and executive producers of the first two series, which were shown on Channel 4. Brooker is currently writing the new episodes. Brooker described the US video on demand service as “the most fitting platform imaginable” for the series which began life on Channel 4 in 2011

Black Mirror has been a critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, with the first two series of the show already available to watch on Netflix in the US.

Interestingly Black Mirror won’t necessarily be shown on Netflix in the the UK and Ireland. According to Netflix, “plans are still being determined.”

A source at Channel 4, which currently airs the show, said it has “first look rights” for the next series. This means that once the programme has finished production, the channel can decide for itself whether it will broadcast Black Mirror in the UK, even though it hasn’t commissioned the next series.