Think The Walking Dead will be TV’s first foray into zombiedom? Think again.
What happens when you take UK’s Ã¼ber popular version of Big Brother and add zombies? The answer is Dead Set, E4’s insanely epic zombie show that aired during the week of Halloween in 2008. The show was so outstanding, it dominated my thinking process for that entire week ad nauseam. Seriously. I didn’t think TV could get away with such gore, but this is UK television where there are no boundaries. But that’s beside the point. The point of the matter is that my fellow Americans will be able to view this extraordinary show courtesy of IFC this Halloween before the debut of that “other zombie show.”
Dead Set takes place on an Eviction Night of the UK’s version of Big Brother, which unlike our incarnation, brings out crowds of fans to witness the latest evicted House Guest leave the Big Brother house. Unbeknownst to the Big Brother production staff, the fans, Big Brother host Davina McCall, and the remaining House Guests, the UK is being overtaken by a zombie outbreak that makes it way to the Big Brother compound. Now, the only people left alive are the remaining House Guests, who have no clue that they are no longer on the telly.
Here’s two trailers for the show (Warning! Graphic violence and possible spoilers!):
Great stuff, huh?
Dead Set was written and directed by Charlie Brooker, presenter of the UK’s Screenwipe among other things, and aired during the entire week of Halloween back in 2008. The first night was a one hour premiere, which was followed by four 30 minute installments throughout the week. The show has garnered praise from Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Stephen King and even was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Dramatic Serial in 2009.
I have seen the show and it is phenomenal, which makes me happy as hell that IFC is bringing it to our shores so you can experience it as well.
Dead Set will air from October 25th – October 29th on IFC. Stay tuned for full coverage here at TVOvermind.