By Benji Wilson for The Sunday Times, May 2023
Charlie Brooker watches a lot of TV. These days we all do. But Brooker really watches it, and he always has. On Desert Island Discs in 2018 he described his twenties as the decade he sat alone on a sofa “in a haze of smoke”, shouting at the box: “I could have done that.”
Thirty years on, he actually does “do that”. We meet on the set of the sixth series of his all-conquering dystopian headwrecker Black Mirror. He is surrounded by producers, designers and actors catering to his every whim. But come the evening, he and his wife, Konnie Huq (the screenwriter and former Blue Peter presenter), will be back at home watching television, and Brooker will be shouting at the TV.