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
...  Alex 5 episodes, 2008
Beth Cordingly ...  Veronica 5 episodes, 2008
...  Space 5 episodes, 2008
...  Joplin 5 episodes, 2008
Kathleen McDermott ...  Pippa 5 episodes, 2008
...  Davina McCall 5 episodes, 2008
...  Patrick 5 episodes, 2008
Brian Belo ...  Brain Belo / ... 5 episodes, 2008
...  Riq 5 episodes, 2008
...  Marky 5 episodes, 2008
Paul 'Bubble' Ferguson ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2008
Nick Turner ...  Scott the Production Staff 5 episodes, 2008
...  Angel 5 episodes, 2008
...  Grayson 5 episodes, 2008
...  Dennis 5 episodes, 2008
Krishnan Guru-Murthy ...  Krishnan Guru-Murthy / ... 4 episodes, 2008
Madra Ihegborow ...  Makeup Girl 4 episodes, 2008
...  Bob 5 episodes, 2008
Maxi Moffat ...  Gormless 4 episodes, 2008
Rachel Ogilvy ...  Angela 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
...  Claire 4 episodes, 2008
...  Sophie 4 episodes, 2008
...  Colin 4 episodes, 2008
...  Danny 4 episodes, 2008
...  Chloe 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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Comedy | Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

27 October 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dead set: Muerte en directo  »

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(5 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alex and Riq run towards a house to escape a pack of zombies. The actress that plays Alex was also in the zombie movie Resident Evil (2002), in the game of which that movie is based off of the survivors have no option but to run for the house they find in the woods as well. 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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Truly frightening
6 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Brooker breaks a number of boundaries in creating this magnificent series - but most importantly, he has written the only zombie television series to date, either in the UK or the US. Although the plot contains more gaping wounds than Davina McCall after a zombie's had a go at her, what it lacks in integrity it makes up for in sheer suspense and terror. The premise is laughable - a zombie outbreak is bringing Britain to its knees, and the only ones unaware of this are locked safely inside the "Big Brother" house - but this little gem turns out to be an extremely frightening experience.

While Big Brother host Davina McCall steals the show, she does not play a particularly challenging role, and finds her initial role of playing a fictional version of herself even more challenging than playing a bloodthirsty zombie. On the other hand, Jaime Winstone and the rest of the cast put in fantastic performances all round. One of the series' only faults is the very shaky and often frustrating camera-work, which can be effective at times in adding to the realistic "documentary feel", but often just makes it difficult to work out what is actually happening on screen.

While making a few jabs at the state of British television and celebrity culture - the world is coming to an end, yet Big Brother is still on - the series also manages to deliver truly terrifying scenes and a great sense of nihilism throughout.

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