DirecTV's Audience Network Expands Programming Slate with Acclaimed British Series "Black Mirror" and "Secret State"
Winner of the International Emmy Award for Best Mini-Series/TV Movie Series, "Black Mirror" to Debut Nov. 12 Followed by Premiere of "Secret State" Starring Gabriel Byrne
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 - DirecTV's Audience Network continues to provide viewers with unconventional, provocative programming with the addition of two celebrated British series, the critically acclaimed, award-winning Black Mirror and the conspiracy thriller Secret State, which will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT respectively.
From creator Charlie Brooker (Brass Eye, Dead Set), Black Mirror is a contemporary British hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world. Each installment of the six-episode mini-series is a sharp, suspenseful, satirical tale with a techno-paranoia bent that explores our modern reality. Black Mirror presents a world where technology has transformed almost every aspect of daily life. Every hour-long, stand-alone episode of the satirical drama features a different cast and provides a social commentary on today's cultural and technological trends.
Secret State, produced by Company Pictures, part of all3medi, stars Gabriel Byrne as Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics and risks everything by taking on the might of the Establishment. Following a devastating industrial accident that leaves several people dead and raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of the US petrochemical company involved., Dawkins, a man who has a profound belief in transparency and open government, tackles vested interests, financial and military, both domestic and international, in his pursuit to uncover the truth and get justice for the families affected by the disaster.
"Black Mirror is truly unlike any other show that is currently on television, which makes it a perfect fit for Audience," said Chris Long, EVP Entertainment DirecTV. "We are always on the hunt for programming that, like our network, is unique and thought-provoking. We are thrilled to be able to present them with Black Mirror and Secret State."
Black Mirror is Executive Produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones and produced by Barney Reisz for Zeppotron. The series is distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
About Audience: Audience is a unique and exclusive television experience available only to DirecTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark in 2008 (as The 101 Network) by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and in 2010 it became the exclusive home of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, starring Glenn Close. DirecTV continues its commitment to original content with series including ROGUE, an exclusive suspense-drama starring award-winning actress Thandie Newton, and Full Circle, the television debut of acclaimed writer Neil LaBute, starring Kate Walsh, Julian McMahon, Minka Kelly and David Boreanaz. The network has become the premier destination for smart, innovative and critically acclaimed TV fare as we search the globe for the best new series such as Hit & Miss (United Kingdom), Rake (Australia), Call Me Fitz and Less Than Kind (Canada). The Dan Patrick Show, and its companion series The Box Score, keep sports fans up to date with the latest sports talk. Viewers also enjoy the Guitar Center Sessions series and major events such as the annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. For more info, please visit www.DirecTV.com/audience
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