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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]] [[CameBackWrong of.]]

How many of you have watched ''Series/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 ''Big Brother'' [[JustForFun/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 ''Series/{{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:
* ActionSurvivor: Kelly spends her first few hours of the apocalypse crying, but recovers and becomes the de facto leader of the group. Alex, from what little we know about her, appears this way. And Riq managed to stay alive in the outside world, too. [[spoiler: Granted, they all died in the end...]]
* 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.
%%* AssholeVictim: Patrick
%%* AuthorTract: Patrick's awesome rant as he feeds the zombies.
%%* BadBoss: Patrick. To say the least.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Made by a subsidiary of the ''Big Brother'' production company, broadcast on the ''Big Brother'' channel. It even uses portions of the actual filming of Big Brother 9.
* BolivianArmyEnding: We see Kelly make an attempt to escape, one of the only survivors at that point... [[spoiler: only to make a SmashCut to her, now a zombie, on a TV screen on the live Big Brother broadcast.]]
* BreakingSpeech: Patrick uses this on Joplin in the final episode. [[spoiler: It succeeds and costs everyone their lives.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The internal fourth wall is broken twice by Kelly.
** First time, she has her phone on ringer while in the camera run.
** Second time, she breaks into the house itself when a zombie manages to make it into the house through the camera run.
%%* BrokenBird: Alex.
* CampGay: Grayson, the bitchy transvestite male nurse.
* [[CharacterAsHimself Character As Herself]]: Davina, along with a few former housemates.
* 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. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, since the compound is overrun already, thanks to the early conversion of an entire Eviction Night crowd, no-one leaves alive.]]
* {{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.
* ColdOpening: The beginning of the first episode is almost shot-for-shot ''Big Brother'', complete with the normal Voice Of Big Brother.
* 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
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Riq dies in Kelly's arms after being shot by Patrick.]]
* DirtyCoward:
** Patrick pushing a man in a wheelchair into the path of a zombie chasing him places him squarely as this.
%%** 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:London has fallen and 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?
* FamousLastWords
** "What's going on u-" - [[spoiler:Davina [=McCall=]]].
** "What happened?" - [[spoiler:Chloe]].
** "Please [[spoiler:Gray]]..." - [[spoiler:Angel]].
** "That's better, huh?" - [[spoiler:Grayson]].
** "I know." - [[spoiler:Alex Bryson]].
** "Look. I'm really sorry, okay?" - [[spoiler:Joplin]].
** "Just don't hurt her man." - [[spoiler:Riq Rahman]].
** "I don't like it..." - [[spoiler:Pippa]].
** "I've got fucking bowels full of shit! Eat it!" - [[spoiler:Patrick Goad]].
** "Is this it? Is it, is it over?" - [[spoiler:Veronica]].
** "I am." - [[spoiler:Space]].
** "Let me out of here." - [[spoiler:Kelly Povell]].
* 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!
* FreezeFrameBonus: Blink and you'd miss it, but the entire list of contestants for the doomed version of ''Big Brother'' are visible for a few seconds under one of the screens.
* {{Gorn}}:
** Especially during the death of [[spoiler:Patrick]], who gets the slowest, goriest death in the series.
** Patrick rants while he [[spoiler: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... "[[{{Film/Misery}} Mystery]]".
* IdiotBall:
** The Big Brother compound is amazingly secure... until one of the security gates has a car full of zombies arrive.
** [[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.
** Marky shooting at [[spoiler: Riq]] screaming "I'm normal!" not because he thinks [[spoiler: Riq's]] a normal human who's a threat to their safety, but a ''zombie that's just screaming at him''.
* InspectorJavert: The two policemen, especially the one that is '''not''' a fan of ''Series/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, ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985''-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: 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: The zombies are never references as zombies, though one person does quote ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Space.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: These ones are victims of a virus and technically dead, psychotically violent and also capable of running and jumping. They also don't always completely devour someone, just biting them and then moving onto the next target, as demonstrated by [[spoiler:Davina's death.]]
%%* [[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 ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' while being eaten by zombies.
* RefugeInAudacity: Kelly narrowly avoids being fired on the spot for having her mobile phone ring when she was in the camera run, allowing the Housemates to hear that there is someone there. The only thing that saves her is that, by the time Patrick isn't too busy to fire her, [[UltimateJobSecurity there's more important things to think about...]]
* 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 ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' is uttered, and the famous "They're coming to get you, Barbra!" line from ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' is mockingly used in the first episode. Additionally, Veronica at one point makes a reference to the film version of ''{{Film/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.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Big Brother'', in that a completely fictional season was created just for the drama, complete with previously evicted housemates and it's own logo.
* SmugSnake: Joplin. For all his snark and looking down on everyone else, he ends being the most stupid of all.
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[spoiler: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.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Joplin]]'s actions at the end may not be {{Idiot Ball}} at all. Having joined the show wanting acceptance using the excuse [[spoiler:about changing the show from within]] and failing, and being subsequently rejected by literally the very last of humanity, [[spoiler:he]] in one possible interpretation actually pulls a swerve on [[spoiler:Patrick]] and uses HIM to go through with opening the gates. Even though it is now obvious to [[spoiler:Patrick]] who screams at him to stop - that given the sheer number of zombies involved the move is literal {{suicide}}. Perhaps not a case of stupidity but {{Murder-Suicide}}.
* TemptingFate:
-->'''Patrick''' ''(watching Pippa's eviction interview)'' Urghfff! I cannot imagine... living next door to people like that!
-->''(Later Patrick flees from a zombie [[spoiler:Davina [=McCall=]]] into the Green Room, only to find it's occupied by a hysterical Pippa)''
-->'''Patrick:''' Not you! Fuck, not you!
* TitleOnlyOpening: You'd be forgiven for thinking Dead Set is a dramatization of a backstage look at Big Brother, especially on versions without the advert breaks, since the title is only used sparingly, for a similar reason to Film/{{Ghostwatch}}, and only on Episodes 2-5. Episode 1 begins with the leitmotif and the ShowWithinAShow version of the Big Brother eye.
%%* 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 [[spoiler: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, who hides being bitten.
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