Series: Dead Set

You have 30 minutes to say your goodbyes, then I'm coming to get you!

Pippa: Is that Davina?
Patrick: ...Sort of.

How many of you have watched Big Brother 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 meets the Zombie Apocalypse, particularly the fast plague-zombies of 28 Days Later. After a Zombie Infectee 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 Charlie Brooker of Screenwipe fame and is about as satirical as you might expect. He went on to create another drama series called Black Mirror.
This show provides examples of:

  • Shout-Out: As mentioned above, the famous "Choke on it!" line from Day of the Dead (1985) is uttered, and the famous "They're coming to get you, Barbra!" line from Night of the Living Dead (1968) is mockingly used in the first episode. Additionally, Veronica at one point makes a reference to the film version of Misery (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.
  • Smug Snake: Joplin. For all his snark and looking down on everyone else, he ends being the most stupid of all.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Davina McCall has her throat ripped out by a zombie and is left to die to the tune of "Grace Kelly" by Mika.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Joplin admits that the only reason he applied to be on the show in the first place was in order to decry it nationally.
  • Tempting Fate:
    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!
  • Token Evil Teammate: Patrick.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Joplin's escape attempt in the finale ends up getting him and all of the remaining survivors killed.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The second episode opens with Veronica puking her guts up after witnessing Kelly smashing a zombie's head open with a fire extinguisher.
  • What Happened To Mommy: A deleted scene shows that Pippa was infected by her zombified mother.
  • While Rome Burns: Pippa reads a magazine while Zombie Davina bangs on the door outside. Marky obsesses about what the papers say about him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Kelly cheats on Riq with a co-worker prior to the zombie apocalypse, although Riq never learns this.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Firmly in the mold of 28 Days Later.
  • Zombie Infectee:
    • Averted with Alex who, when infected, calmly hands 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.