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[[caption-width-right:190:You have 30 minutes to say your goodbyes, then I'm coming to get you!]]

->'''Pippa:''' Is that Davina?
->'''Patrick:''' ...[[NotHerself Sort of.]]

How many of you have watched ''BigBrother'' and thought, "This is the beginning of the apocalypse"? Well, it seems you're not the only one.

'''''Dead Set''''' is the not-so predictable crossover of ''BigBrother'' [[XMeetsY meets]] the ZombieApocalypse, particularly the fast plague-zombies of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. After a ZombieInfectee staggers into the crowd at a BB eviction, the disease spreads rapidly through the studio, leaving just one safe place: the heavily protected house in the middle. The remaining housemates then try to survive inside the house as the infection spreads and the remaining zombies search for flesh. Problem is, when everyone in the house has been chosen specifically because they create tension and conflict with each other to boost ratings, that's easier said than done...

The show was written by TV columnist CharlieBrooker of ''{{Screenwipe}}'' fame and is about as satirical as you might expect. He went on to create another drama series called ''Series/BlackMirror''.
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'''This show provides examples of:'''

* AnyoneCanDie: [[ZombieApocalypse And then come back and make the other characters die, too.]] [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Which happens to the entire cast by the end.]]]]
* AntiHero: Kelly. Being caught in a zombie apocalypse would kind of force someone into this.
* ApocalypseHow: Anything from Class 0 to Class 2. We just don't know.
* AuthorTract: Patrick's awesome rant as he feeds the zombies.
* BadBoss: Patrick. To say the least.
* BilingualBonus: Apparently, the French broadcast says: [[spoiler: "Boats are overcrowded and leaving or entering the country is now impossible. People are strongly advised to reach their nearest emergency shelter as soon as possible".]]
* BitingTheHandHumor: Made by a subsidiary of the ''Big Brother'' production company, broadcast on the ''Big Brother'' channel.
* [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Black Chick Is First Housemate To Be Bitten]]
* BreakingSpeech: Patrick uses this on Joplin in the final episode. [[spoiler: It succeeds and costs everyone their lives.]]
* BrokenBird: Alex.
* CampGay: Grayson, the bitchy transvestite male nurse.
* [[CharacterAsHimself Character As Herself]]: Davina, later Zombie Davina.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Joplin's less-than-stealthy attempt to watch Veronica in the shower is less than successful (though as a wannabe [[PublicExposure "glamour" model]], Veronica is unfazed by it).
* CelebritySurvivor: Most of the characters.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Marky spots Riq approaching the Big Brother house and, thinking he is a zombie, opens fire. Cut to black.
* ClusterFBomb: Most characters, but [[SirSwearsALot Patrick]] especially.
* CreatorCameo: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA94AV0vawg#t=0h0m18s Charlie Brooker appears as one of the undead.]]
* DeathByCameo: Many former housemates appear briefly only to be slain when the zombies arrive.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Space agrees to open the Diary Room -- so Kelly can make a [[BolivianArmyEnding futile attempt to fight her way out]] -- only after seeing a zombie Pippa hammering on the glass outside.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Kelly has some shades of this.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Riq dies in Kelly's arms after being shot by Patrick.]]
* DirtyCoward: Joplin.
* DirtyOldMan: Joplin, better known to his [[{{Hatedom}} anti-fans]] as "Gollum".
* TheDitz: Pippa. Veronica also has her moments.
* DividedWeFall: In typical ''Big Brother'' fashion, they find it difficult to get along and agree. [[spoiler:They all die.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Everybody is either dead or undead]].
* DumbBlonde: Pippa.
-->'''Patrick:''' Do you even understand what is going on here, or is the whole world just colours and shapes and the occasional noise in your head?
* FloweryInsults: Patrick sometimes likes to fire these off.
--> I didn't say it was going to be a genteel parlour game, you titted fucking idiot!
* GenreSavvy: Kelly and Alex.
* {{Gorn}}:
** Especially during the death of [[spoiler:Patrick]], who gets the slowest, goriest death in the series.
** Patrick rants while he hacks the flesh off Grayson's body to use as bait to distract the zombies outside.
** Subverted during some character deaths - some of them, such as [[spoiler:Kelly]] and [[spoiler:Pippa]], die off-screen.
* HostageSituation: In the final episode, [[spoiler:Patrick takes Kelly hostage, holding a gun to her head.]]
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Marky:''' Or we could chop his Achilles tendon in the back of the heel... turns the feet into dead plates, even if he wanted to use 'em, he won't be able to operate the pedal...
-->'''Space:''' Where'd you learn that from, man?
-->'''Marky:''' Saw [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] do it on the telly.
-->'''Veronica:''' No! S'not real life, is it? No! If we're doin' this, we're smashin' his ankles like in that film... "[[{{Misery}} Mystery]]".
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Joplin]]. Ramming a van through an iron gate and countless zombies, in hope that it will carry you to a safe place? Risky. ''Opening the gate before'' in hopes of getting to the van on time? Absurdly, flat-out unbelievably stupid.
* InspectorJavert: The two policemen, especially the one that is '''not''' a fan of ''BigBrother''.
* IgnoredVitalNewsReports: Patrick. Well, not ''entirely'' ignored - he just wanted to know if the next bulletin would interrupt ''Big Brother''.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Patrick]], who gets the most gruesome, ''DayOfTheDead''-style tribute death. And [[spoiler:the surviving housemates in the last episode for treating Joplin like a ButtMonkey the whole series, causing him to pull a FaceHeelTurn and get everyone killed.]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove / StakingTheLovedOne: Prior to her introduction, Alex was forced to kill a zombified friend.
* ManipulativeBastard: Patrick. In ''spades''.
* ManipulativeEditing: Patrick is seen indulging in this. [[spoiler:It backfires and makes the manipulatee suicidally open the gates and let the zombies flood in.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Kelly beating a zombie to death with a fire extinguisher (splattering his brains all over the place in the process) in the first episode.
* NobodyPoops: Very much averted with Patrick. While he's trapped in the same room as Pippa, he can't hold it any longer and proceeds to urinate and defecate in a bucket.
* NotUsingTheZWord, though one person does quote ''NightOfTheLivingDead''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Space.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Kelly.
* RatingsStunt: Subverted; the housemates initially think that Kelly is a mentally ill woman added to boost ratings. Joplin comments to the cameras, "I think this is in very poor taste."
* RealityTVShowMansion: The BB House.
* RegretEatingMe: [[spoiler:Patrick]] yells the famous "[[ShoutOut Choke on it!]]" line from ''DayOfTheDead'' while being eaten by zombies.
* SelfInsertFic: The sneering, cynical producer Patrick bears some resemblance to the show's sneering, cynical creator. Could also be said of Joplin, who voices many of the creator's views, sometimes verbatim quoting him. This being Charlie Brooker, the king of SelfDeprecation, these two are respectively the most loathsome and most pathetic character in the show.
* SceneryGorn
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* ShoutOut: As [[RegretEatingMe mentioned above]], the famous "Choke on it!" line from ''DayOfTheDead'' is uttered, and the famous "They're coming to get you, Barbra!" line from ''NightOfTheLivingDead'' is mockingly used in the first episode. Additionally, Veronica at one point makes a reference to the film version of ''{{Misery}}'' ([[TheDitz although she mistakenly refers to it as "Mystery"]]) - specifically, the ankle-breaking-with-a-sledgehammer scene - when the rest of the group are trying to decide what to do with a captive Patrick.
* SmugSnake: Joplin. For all his snark and looking down on everyone else, he ends being the most stupid of all.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Davina [=McCall=] has her throat ripped out by a zombie and is left to die to the tune of "Grace Kelly" by Mika.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Joplin admits that the only reason he applied to be on the show in the first place was in order to decry it nationally.
* TemptingFate:
-->'''Patrick''' ''(watching Pippa's eviction interview)'' Urghfff! I cannot imagine... living next door to people like that!
-->''(Later Patrick flees from a zombie Davina [=McCall=] into the Green Room, only to find it's occupied by a hysterical Pippa)''
-->'''Patrick:''' Not you! Fuck, not you!
* TokenEvilTeammate: Patrick.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Joplin's escape attempt in the finale ends up getting him and all of the remaining survivors killed.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: The second episode opens with Veronica puking her guts up after witnessing Kelly smashing a zombie's head open with a fire extinguisher.
* WhatHappenedToMommy: A deleted scene shows that [[spoiler:Pippa]] was infected by her zombified mother.
* WhileRomeBurns: Pippa reads a magazine while Zombie Davina bangs on the door outside. Marky obsesses about what the papers say about him.
* YourCheatingHeart: Kelly cheats on Riq with a co-worker prior to the zombie apocalypse, although Riq never learns this.
* ZombieApocalypse: Firmly in the mold of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
* ZombieInfectee:
** Averted with [[spoiler:Alex]] who, when infected, calmly hands [[spoiler:Riq]] her axe. He knows what he has to do without her even asking him to.
** Inverted with Marky who injured his arm when diving into the van. This gets him in trouble when a police officer threatens to shoot him, believing him to be infected.
** Played straight by Angel.
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