Hugh let the news slip (Picture: Getty/Rex)
It’s been one hell of a year – so of course, Charlie Brooker is going to make fun of it.
The Black Mirror creator is producing a mockumentary about 2020 for Netflix, starring Hugh Grant, and it may just be the tonic we need.
Hugh, 60, let the news slip in an interview with New York Magazine, saying: ‘I’m doing a thing tomorrow, actually. Charlie Brooker has written a mockumentary about 2020. It’s for Netflix, and I am a historian who’s being interviewed about the year.
‘I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig.’
It is unclear who is joining Hugh in the cast, but for the moment, it’s sounding like an A-list version of Screenwipe.
Charlie, 49, previously gave his thoughts on the first few months of 2020 with his Antiviral Wipe special for BBC Two back in May, but hasn’t done an annual Screenwipe since 2016.
Usually, the writer is joined by Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) and Barry Shitpeas (Al Campbell) to dissect the stories of the year, but it has not yet been announced whether they will appear in the Netflix special.
Charlie previously looked at the pandemic in Antiviral Wipe (Picture: BBC/Netflix)
This mockumentary will be Charlie’s first project with Netflix since the streamer invested in his and Annabel Jones’s production company Broke and Bones in a landmark deal.
The deal, Netflix’s first investment in the UK, has the option for Netflix to take full control of Broke and Bones by the end of an undisclosed multi-year term, and gives it exclusivity over its series and other projects.
As well as the mockumentary, this means that all future series of Black Mirror will be available on Netflix.
The anthology series had two series and a Christmas special on Channel 4 before moving to Netflix, where it has run for three series – two of six episodes, one of three – and an interactive feature-length movie, Bandersnatch.
Since moving to Netflix, Black Mirror has won eight Emmys for the episodes San Junipero, USS Callister and Bandersnatch.
However, while we will be getting a look back at 2020 from Charlie, it’s unclear if a sixth series of Black Mirror will be coming any time soon.
Speaking to Radio Times earlier this year, Charlie, who is married to Konnie Huq, said: ‘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.’
In fairness, 2020 offers more than enough dystopia for Charlie to focus on.