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Black Mirror is filming in Croydon – and the photos might make you feel strange

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Get ready for your first look at the new series of Black Mirror

Earlier this year, Charlie Brooker confirmed that Black Mirror is returning to Netflix for a surprise fifth season.

Now, thanks to the smartphone users of Croydon, we’ve been offered our first proper look at the upcoming series – and it looks as if we’re taking a trip back to Britain in the Eighties.

A letter – addressed from Ealing Studios and posted through locals’ letterboxes last week – confirmed that the show would be filmed along St George’s Walk.

“I am writing to inform you about filming in your area for the well-known drama series, Black Mirror,” it read.

“If you are unfamiliar with Black Mirror, it is a series of sharp, suspenseful, satirical, stand-alone dramas written by Charlie Brooker.

“It is hugely popular with its audience and strives to use beautiful locations within all the films.”

Since then, Twitter has been flooded with photos of the set – which shows a number of local shops being replaced by vintage facades, including Wimpy, Chelsea Girl (now known as River Island), Pizza Hut, WH Smith and a travel agents.

And it’s left people feeling strangely nostalgic.

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One savvy Twitter user also pointed out that the shops were being stacked with Eighties videogames – the names of which had been based on previous episodes.

Of course, the previous teaser trailer for the series suggested that we would be getting a lot of throwbacks to episodes gone by: the 17-second video focused on televisions playing some of the series’ best-known episodes, before zooming out to reveal 12 screens in total.

We already know that every single Black Mirror episode takes place in a single universe (here’s the proof if you don’t believe us) – and, as many on social media have pointed out, the specific episodes referenced in the trailer all see characters using very similar technology.

Similarly, each of the stand-alone stories had a pretty ambiguous ending – which suggests that the fifth season is going to do the previously unthinkable and revisit a series of established plots and character.

You can find out more about this theory – including Brooker’s own thoughts on creating sequel-style episodes – here.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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