The ZX Spectrum program hidden in one of the endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

I had missed it a bit because Apple TV doesn’t support Netflix’s interactive episodes (and because, honestly, I don’t like that kind of thing), but the interactive episode of Black Mirror, Bandersnatch, contains a program for the ZX Spectrum.

Instead of repeating all the previous articles each time, I’ll refer you to the dedicated page, which explains what I do with vinyl records and lists all the pages containing programs, explanations, etc.


You might tell me that it’s known and that the game is on the Tuckersoft website. But it’s not Nohzdyve. But there’s also another hidden program.

It’s in one of the endings, when one of the characters puts on a headset during the credits, you hear a few seconds of code. It’s quite recognizable if you’ve already heard ZX Spectrum code, but it’s quite short, indicating that the program doesn’t do much. The tricky part was retrieving the scene. To start with, I simply plugged an Nvidia Shield into an HDMI capture card and let the episode run without touching the remote control. I ended up with ~90 minutes of video… but not the right final scene. Since I didn’t want to test all the combinations, I cheated: I got a pirated copy. It lasts 312 minutes (there are quite a few choices) and so I found the right ending. Then, I exported everything to audio, went through Audacity, and after a few tries, got the file. To be honest, the first version I got (from the original version) was too compressed and unusable. The second one, from a second soundtrack in my pirated version, worked after a little amplification (as usual).

The result? A program named B AND £▄rsNAT ©H, less than 2 KB. Once in an emulator, it displays a QR code with some glitches and sound (quite well done). And it simply redirects to the Tuckersoft website, seen earlier, which allows you to download the game. In the following video, I included the retrieved program as well as the game, so it wouldn’t be too short.