Dead Set (2008)

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During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

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Series cast summary:
 Kelly (5 episodes, 2008)
 Patrick (5 episodes, 2008)
 Riq (5 episodes, 2008)
 Marky (5 episodes, 2008)
 Alex (5 episodes, 2008)
Beth Cordingly ...
 Veronica (5 episodes, 2008)
 Angel (5 episodes, 2008)
 Space (5 episodes, 2008)
 Joplin (5 episodes, 2008)
Kathleen McDermott ...
 Pippa (5 episodes, 2008)
 Grayson (5 episodes, 2008)
 Davina McCall (5 episodes, 2008)
Cavan Clerkin ...
 Dennis (5 episodes, 2008)
 Bob (5 episodes, 2008)
 Brain Belo / ... (5 episodes, 2008)
Paul 'Bubble' Ferguson ...
 Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2008)
Nick Turner ...
 Scott the Production Staff (5 episodes, 2008)
 Claire (4 episodes, 2008)
 Sophie (4 episodes, 2008)
 Colin (4 episodes, 2008)
 Danny (4 episodes, 2008)
Krishnan Guru-Murthy ...
 Krishnan Guru-Murthy / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
Madra Ihegborow ...
 Makeup Girl (4 episodes, 2008)
Maxi Moffat ...
 Gormless (4 episodes, 2008)
Rachel Ogilvy ...
 Angela (4 episodes, 2008)
Kelly Wenham ...
 Chloe (4 episodes, 2008)
Helen Adams ...
 Helen Adams (4 episodes, 2008)
 Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (4 episodes, 2008)
Kinga Karolczak ...
 Kinga Karolczak (4 episodes, 2008)
Saskia Howard-Clarke ...
 Saskia Howard-Clarke (4 episodes, 2008)
Makosi Musambasi ...
 Makosi Musambasi (4 episodes, 2008)
Eugene Sully ...
 Eugene Sully (4 episodes, 2008)
Ziggy Lichman ...
 Ziggy Lichman / ... (4 episodes, 2008)
Imogen Thomas ...
 Imogen Thomas (4 episodes, 2008)
Marcus Bentley ...
 Marcus Bentley / ... (4 episodes, 2008)


It's eviction night at the Big Brother house, but something very strange is happening; the dead are coming alive and attacking the living. When zombies attack all of the audience outside, the Big Brother contestants are unaware of the death outside the fan-proof (and zombie-proof) big brother house until the show's runner, Kelly, comes into the house and warns them of the doom outside. Stuck with even less contact with the outside world, the house-mates must sneak out of the house to get supplies, without being seen by the zombies. Written by Jake

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Charlie Brooker makes a cameo as a zombie. See more »


Kelly runs outside and jumps into a blue truck. When she realizes the keys aren't in the ignition, she gets out and slams the trucks door shut. In the next shot the door is suddenly wide open. See more »


Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.10 (2008) See more »

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Dead set is dead good, even the zombies like it
5 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought that there would never be a zombie epic to beat or even overshadow George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (apart from Shaun of the Dead) and now FINALLY I think we in Britain have finally got a film/TV movie/ mini series that does rival that. Dead set is a horror set around the Big Brother phenomenon and a terrifying real zombie apocalypse. The general public and the house-mates even the crew of Big Brother become unknowingly involved in a vicious fight for survival as the dead start eating the entire British population one chunk at a time. I truly loved this, I love zombie movies (yes even the crap and extremely cheesy ones too) and this was the best millennium zombie based survival horror I have ever seen. As far as I was concerned the remake of Dawn of the Dead, remake of Day of the Dead, the new 3D version of Night of the living dead and every other 'poser' zombie movie out there nowadays that doesn't fulfil the code of the zombie horror movie i.e. intense scenes and graphic gore, Dead set fulfils on all levels. Firstly the acting is great from Andy Nyman (severance) as the totally obnoxious producer of Big Brother Patrick to Jamie Winstone as the poor floor runner Kelly forced to become the heroine in charge of the survival of the house-mates of the Big Brother house. There's even past BB housemates who star in cameos at the start of the series and some even become zombies later but you'll have to watch it to find out who becomes one and who becomes zombie brunch. Next I'll move to the gore. Don't think that just cause this was a made for TV movie that they skimp on the gore because they don't. I was very surprised by the gore and bloody carnage that they were allowed to put on the small screen. E4 have definitely pulled out their balls and had the guts (no pun intended) to show this movie he way we'd expect it to be seen in all its gutsy glory (again no pun intended.) Some of the effects rival that of Tom Savini's groundbreaking and very gruesome special FX on the original George A. Romero's Day of the Dead. I was in awe by what they were allowed to show on the screen and thank god they did. Next the social commentary that George included in Dawn is re-invented and used in Dead Set. How the characters talk about the zombies and how the zombies watch the revealing show via TV sets that they walk around finding their next meal and what society is reduced to. Lastly the zombies in this are genuinely chilling, they look menacing and vicious even at times somewhat evil and very ravenous… and I mean ravenous for human flesh (take note Resident Evil Trilogy) Yes even for the first time I can even pass the fact that these zombies can run and pretty damn fast. Just like the zombies from Dawn of the Dead remake, Day of the dead remake and 28 days/weeks later these will tear after you if you are seen and that is scary but although they can do that the slow style of zombie i.e. Romero's zombies are much more frightening than the fast future style zombies of today. The dark overtone of the story adds an air of dread to the atmospheric tension and terror that Dead Set has deep in the underbelly of Charlie Brooker's well thought out script. Britain proves that what Hollywood can do, with a bit of careful structure and preparation the UK can do it better. We did it with Shaun of the Dead which was a global hit and I believe that we can easily do it again with Dead Set when it finally reaches USA shores soon. The climax genuinely had made both thrilled, chilled and scared and not many horrors can do that with me.

Dead Set is a thrilling gory"shoot me again I ain't dead yet" exciting piece of UK style horror and should be seen to be believed.

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