Dead Set (2008)

Five-Part Television Serial | Horror | UK | English | 2h21m
Dir: Yann Demange | Scr: Charlie Brooker | Ph: Tat Radcliffe | Mus: Dan Jones | Ed: Chris Wyatt | Cast: Jaime Winstone, Andy Nyman, Riz Ahmed, Warren Brown, Liz May Brice, Beth Cordingly, Adam Deacon, Kevin Eldon, Kathleen McDermott, Davina McCall, Chizzy Akudolu, Raj Ghatak

At the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, a production assistant on the vile reality TV series Big Brother finds herself teaming up with said show’s contestants in order to attempt to survive the carnage that rages just outside of its walls, whilst her stranded-in-the-countryside boyfriend strives against all the odds to reach her. Past rivalries and grievances are quickly put aside and forgotten, as the priority of survival becomes paramount. However, the arrival of the show’s abhorrent head producer quickly destroys the cooperative mood, putting all of their lives in imminent danger. Mixing visceral thrills with black humour and biting satire, all wrapped up in a not-so-pretty allegorical bow, Brooker’s oft brilliant serial paints a decidedly damning portrait of the morally-bankrupt, soullessly blinkered reality-TV generation. Having said that, the fast zombies might not suit purists, whilst the handheld camerawork is perhaps at times a tad shakier than one would like. However, these are only minor quibbles.