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  • The main problem with it though is its pacing I feel
  • The first episode is certainly the best, packing a great deal of behind the scene novelty to Big Brother, some nifty characterization and a slow burning start up the zombie problem
  • Unfortunately, by the end episode, the finale just doesn’t have enough time to wrap up monumentally

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      Charlie Brooker turns his talents to drama with Dead Set; a five part miniseries chronicling a zombie outbreak in modern day Britain, all revolving around the Big Brother house, it’s housemates and the few surviving production staff.

      It’s a pretty strong show to be honest. Well shot, well cast and well written for the most part. In terms of quality, it’s up there with most of the recent cinematic efforts to come out of Britain, but it keeps that gritty, urban grain of the


      likes of 28 Days Later. It’s genuinely frightening at times too. Opting for the fast moving approach with their dead things; Dead Set’s a high paced, adrenalin fuelled piece with plenty of high speed chases to notch up the tension. It’s a gut strewn gore fest too, surprisingly so considering it was made for television. Any horror fan, who might have written it off because of its original place on television, should certainly overcome that and give it a look. There are some impressive ...

      • production values here.

        The main problem with it though is its pacing I feel. When it was first screened on television, it was very much an “event” piece, airing on consecutive nights, really edging up the tension and cliffhanger moments. However, on repeat viewing and especially on DVD – it lacks that quality. The first episode is certainly the best, packing a great deal of behind the scene novelty to Big Brother, some nifty characterization and a slow burning start up the zombie problem.

        Unfortunately, by the end episode, the finale just doesn’t have enough time to wrap up monumentally. The groundwork for it has been done, but it just comes across as too fleeting and underwhelming.

        Nevertheless, this is an impressive enough show. Brooker is on top form with his writing, and his trademark style of humour comes through in his bastard producer character especially. It’s a really great British horror effort, a television equivalent to something like 28 Days Later.

        Seek this out if you’ve yet to catch it.




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