Episode 8: Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology

Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We’re just going to have to live with that.

One thing we’ll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) takes through the game-film.

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He’s clearly not well when we first meet him, he worries his dad (Chris Parkinson), and he pays a few visits to his therapist, the ominously-named Dr R. Haynes (Alice Lowe) – an older relative of Black Museum’s Rolo Haynes? Ruh-roh.

I speak to Dr Bishakha Chowdhury about how the show portrays Stefan’s mental health, and what that adds to the story / stories, plus how his fragile state compounds our feelings of guilt when choosing futures for him that will only torture him further.









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