ACTOR Maxine Peake returns to television screens in a dark terrifyingly eerie episode of Netflix’s hit series Black Mirror.

Netflix released season four of the critically acclaimed anthology exploring a twisted high-tech near-future — most powerfully in the heart stopping Metalhead episode starring the Bolton-born actor — on Friday.

Maxine stars in the black and white episode set in a post-apocalyptic world at Bella, who is looking for something in a warehouse to help someone she knows — while avoiding something or someone which is shocking revealed.

The shocks don’t stop as a merciless cat and mouse chase ensues in the powerful short drama throughout which viewers are left holding their breath throughout.

The episode has been attracting rave reviews on social media, with one describing Maxine's performance as being on the 'next level' and another describing her as 'marvellous'.

The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker.