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Netflix scoops up Black Mirror for season 3 and 12 new episodes

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Netflix will air the third season of Charlie Brooker's TV anthology series, Black Mirror, as a 12-episode original series, the company announced today.

Black Mirror tells a different story each episode, which typically focuses on some aspect of modern society, technology or speculative fiction. Although seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix, both originally aired in the UK; each season included only three episodes. Brooker has already begun writing new episodes, and the series is expected to enter production in late 2015. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

"Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision," said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content on Netflix, in a statement. "We're tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series."

Black Mirror premiered in 2011 with "The National Anthem," an episode revolving around the prime minister and a pig. Interestingly (and awkwardly) enough, the episode has been repeatedly compared to a recent scandal involving real-life British Prime Minister David Cameron, prompting even Brooker to chime in.

In a statement today, Brooker called Netflix "the most fitting platform imaginable" for the show.

"Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that 'Black Mirror' feel," he said. "I just hope none of these new story ideas come true."