Black Mirror season 5: New episodes, release date, trailers and all you need to know about its return

Good news for fans of the disturbing (and rather excellent) sci-fi series Black Mirror, because a new series is out next week.

Netflix recently released the first star-studded trailer for season five after teasing its release with a cryptic tweet last year.

The streaming platform has now revealed the release date for the much-anticipated fifth season, describing the latest instalment as containing “three new stories about the future we should have seen coming.”

So, here is everything you need to know about Black Mirror season five:

Creator: Charlie Brooker (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
Creator: Charlie Brooker (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

When is Black Mirror season five released?

The first episode of the new series will land on Wednesday, June 5 on Netflix.

How many episodes will there be?

There are only three episodes in season five, making it one of the shortest along with seasons one and two.

Seasons three and four both had six each.

Who is in the cast?

The teaser clip for the brand new episodes features Miley Cyrus, Fleabag star Andrew Scott and Avengers’ Anthony Mackie.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin will also appear in the new episodes, created by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

What do we know about season five?

Plot details are scarce, but the new season promises another look at the darker side of technology and its impact on our collective psyche.

According to an official synopsis, each stand-alone episode will provide “a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion.”

The trailer offers fans a brief glimpse at a handful of storylines, with Cyrus donning a short lilac wig to play a futuristic pop star. A smart speaker in her likeness also appears in another scene, with one character describing it as a “poison”.

Scott appears to play a man who is enraged by society’s addiction to smartphones, with his anger ultimately resulting in a violent confrontation.

What do the trailers tell us?

A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favourite pop star – whose charmed existence isn’t quite as rosy it appears…

Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.