"Shut Up and Dance," the story of the boy who falls victim to laptop-webcam hackers, felt the most devastating to me, because that could happen today.
Brooker: Oh, totally! Yeah, no, that was very deliberate. We thought, Let's do one that we thought is not in any way science-fiction. Like, we'll just do one that could literally happen right now. It's completely contemporary, there's nothing impossible that happens in there. Nothing magical. Nothing farfetched. Even the way [the protagonist] is communicating is all text messages. We deliberately kept that very, very, very grounded, partly because I was aware there are other stories we've got where we are in a fantastical future with magical technology doing things. In the same way that one of the things that led to doing "San Junipero" was me thinking, Can I do a story set in the past? -- that was where that idea kind of sprang from -- we thought, Can we do a story just set today?
And we've done that before, because "National Anthem" could have been set today. I mean, it's a preposterous sort of fable, but it could happen. It sort of did happen! And the "Waldo Moment" as well. But I think that's probably why you're finding "Shut Up and Dance" particularly depressing -- because it absolutely could happen, and it's fairly unforgiving.