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Emmy-winning TV movie 'San Junipero' from 'Black Mirror' originally starred a hetero couple

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The “Black Mirror” episode “San Junipero” won big at the Emmys Sunday night. Creator Charlie Brooker won writing for a limited series or movie, and later the episode picked up a second win for TV movie.

In a backstage reveal at the Emmys, Brooker explained that the episode — starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis — about technologically star-crossed lovers, was originally written for a heterosexual couple. It wasn't until Brooker decided to make them a queer couple that things started to fall into place. 

“It became more fun, more interesting,” he said. “It was sort of easiest to write in a way. We felt we captured something special, and the reaction has been quite overwhelming — the way people have taken it to heart. I’m genuinely a cynic, as you can tell from the series, so the fact that this happened blows up my worldview.”


He also addressed the fact that the winning episode is markedly different from most of the “Black Mirror” offerings in that it presents a world of hope rather than the usual ultra-dark fare the series offers.

“It was out of place deliberately. It was the first episode I wrote for this season because I wanted to blow up my preconceptions for the show,” Brooker said.

That subversion of tone became particularly resonant this year, a point the "Black Mirror" showrunner underlined in his acceptance speech. 

"I've heard 2017 described as being trapped — like being trapped in one long, unending 'Black Mirror' episode," Brooker said, "But I like to think if I had written it, it wouldn't be quite so on the nose with all the sort of Nazis and hate."


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