"Dead Set", new horror series by Charlie Brooker.
Didn't want to put this in the television thread as I'm not sure how popular it is, but everyone's always in here so have a look at this :
From Channel 4's Press Website :
" E4 has commissioned writer Charlie Brooker to write its first horror series Dead Set (working title). The six- part thriller (6 x 30 mins) will be produced by Zeppotron (an Endemol Company) and will be both E4's and Zeppotron's first departure into the horror genre.
This major new commission for E4 is to broadcast on the digital channel in late 2008. The series has been commissioned by Head of E4 Angela Jain and Commissioning Editor, Shane Allen. The Executive Producers of Dead Set are Charlie Brooker and Zeppotron Managing Director Annabel Jones. The producer is Chrissy Skinns and the Director is Yann Demange, whose recent credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Further details about cast will be announced nearer to transmission.
Charlie Brooker is well known for his weekly columns in The Guardian and his BBC Four series Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe. Charlie co-wrote the C4 comedy series Nathan Barley with Chris Morris and was the creator of the hugely successful website TV Go Home.
Angela Jain, Head of E4, said:
?It's enormously exciting that Charlie Brooker has penned this thriller for E4. He is an exceptional writer and this promises to be something special and unusual for E4."
Charlie Brooker said:
"Dead Set is very different to anything I've done before, and I hope the end result will surprise, entertain and appall people in equal measure."
And then this :
Charlie Brooker's E4 zombie thriller Dead Set will be set in the Big Brother house.
The production team on the five-part thriller built a set based on the reality show's house and the drama uses many elements of the format.
With the waking dead attacking the living, the Big Brother house becomes one of the few remaining safe houses in the country - but the contestants are unaware of the horror outside.
The five-part series is E4's most expensive drama to date. It will open with a 60-minute episode followed by four 30-minute editions.
It was commissioned by head of E4 Angela Jain and comedy commissioning editor Shane Allen. Brooker and Annabel Jones will executive produce for Zeppotron, with Chrissy Skinns as producer and Secret Diary of a Call Girl's Yann Demange as director.
I'm looking forward to seeing this, I don't mind Brooker, he's quite funny, though "Nathan Barley" which he co-wrote with Chris Morris was by no means amazing, it had it's fair share of moments. "Charlie Brookers Screenwipe" is pretty good too.
Anyway, check out the website, and click the eye for a quick trailer :
By no means a particularly original idea, but looks like it might be worth a watch. Kevin Eldon's in there.
Last edited by trench; 09-04-2008 at 11:52 PM.
As a rule I dont watch any series as I usually end up missing an episode,but this sounds intriguing .
The only series I followed religiously was Dark Angel, and they cut that after series 2.
Zombies will be far more interesting than that houses's last bunch of neandrathals,and I don't even watch it.....
Can't wait for this... I thought 'Nathan Barley' was fantastic! As a Chris Morris vehicle it did not touch the unreachable pinnacles of 'The Day Today' and 'BrassEye' but by any other standards it was great Telly watching.
Brooker + Horror is like a fantstic dream I haven't had yet, huzzah!
This is quite long, but worth the read if you like Brooker and want to find out a little more about the show :
Nicked from the Guardian website
Zombies. I've always loved zombies. Not literally - I'm not a necrophile, not yet anyway - but I've always loved watching them. In my view they beat all other screen monsters hands down. Ghosts? No thanks. Only an imbecile would believe in them anyway. You might as well be frightened of unicorns. Freddy Krueger? A bad stand-up comic with Swiss Army hands. Werewolves? Supergrass in a bad mood. Serial killers? The only decent ones are Tony Curtis in The Boston Strangler and Kevin Spacey in Se7en (and he was playing a deranged artist, not a serial killer per se). And since Silence Of The Lambs, it's been the law that all serial killers must be depicted as sophisticated cop-outwitting geniuses who'd be more at home being the controller of Radio 3 than slicing someone's kneecap off in an abandoned warehouse. Real serial killers are so mental they can scarcely tie their own shoelaces. So bollocks to the screen version.
And don't even think about mentioning vampires, with their gothic pretension and crappy teeth. They're annoying, not scary. **** vampires.
But zombies - now there's a threat I can relate to. Zombies are the misanthrope's monster of choice. They represent fear and disgust of our fellow man. The anonymous animal masses. The dumb, shuffling crowd. Them - the public. They're awesomely stupid. They have an IQ of one. Proper zombies can't operate a door handle or climb a ladder. Toss one a Rubik's Cube and it'll bounce off his thick, moaning head. All they do is walk around aimlessly, pausing occasionally to eat survivors.
Except they don't walk these days. They run. Zombies started jogging in 2002, when 28 Days Later came out. OK, so technically they weren't zombies in that movie - being still alive, albeit infected - but from that point on it was difficult to return to the old-school shambling George Romero zombies of yore. They're dumb and they can run? Brilliant.
The idea for my TV show Dead Set (in which zombies attack the Big Brother house) came about one night in 2004 while I was watching 24. Jack Bauer was performing a tracheotomy on a terrorist with a splintered peg or something, and another terrorist came running through the door. "I'm enjoying this," I thought, "but these terrorists are just ridiculous. They're like waves of Space Invaders. They might as well be zombies."
At the time, Shaun Of The Dead and the Dawn Of The Dead remake were about to come out. Zombies were clearly "in the ether", so I figured it would only be a matter of time before the US made some epic big-budget TV series about the undead. But they didn't, the idiots.
Time passed. And then one night I was watching Big Brother when another thought struck me. All zombie movies eventually boil down to a siege situation. What better place to hide than a fortified house thronged with cameras? Every person in the country must've fantasised at some point about what would happen if some terrible apocalypse occurred during a run of Big Brother, leaving the contestants oblivious. So that would be the starting point.
At the time, I had no idea just how long it can take to get a project this daft and huge on to TV. Sadly you can't just think things on to the screen. It takes ages. Suffice to say the first draft was written back when Derek Laud, Science, Maxwell and Saskia were the housemates du jour. After that, the project was repeatedly killed off, resurrected, killed again, dragged back to life... and finally, somehow, written, shot, edited and produced.
My involvement is, if anything, a bit of a red herring. For one thing, it's a huge team effort requiring the input and imagination of hundreds of people, all working their arses off. And, for another, I'm known for championing series like The Wire. Dead Set very much isn't The Wire; instead, it's unashamed populist schlock. Warped and disgusting populist schlock, I hope, but shlock nonetheless.
We wanted to make something that die-hard zombie fans like myself would love, see. Hopefully we've pulled it off. Throughout the series there are little winks and nods in the direction of various zombie classics, all of which I spent hours rewatching when I was supposed to be writing. And make no mistake - it's grisly. Obviously there's a lot of comedy in there too (just look at the setting), but we were keen from the start to differentiate Dead Set from Shaun Of The Dead. I loved Shaun Of The Dead, but that's a comedy first and a horror movie second; ours would be the other way round. We aimed for a tone closer to American Werewolf In London. Bleak but preposterous. And is it a satire?
Yes and no. Primarily it's a romp. Still, you be the judge.
Also: I wanted to try and strongarm a bit of proper horror back on to TV. Telly used to be nasty. Hammer House of Horror, Tales Of The Unexpected, The Twilight Zone: these shows were often shockingly cruel, and I loved them for it. Apart from the news, practically the only show doing effective horror in recent years has been Doctor Who (the episode Blink in particular being a mini-masterpiece just as scary as the movie Ring). Most shows are inherently cosy and reassuring. Or they're set in a ****ing hospital and are therefore intrinsically boring. We wanted to redress the balance. We're nasty.
If nothing else, Dead Set should set some new benchmark (or low point, depending on your point of view) for onscreen gore. There's a particularly explicit bit of skull-smashing in episode one, but that's nothing compared to what happens later. There's no point making a 15-certificate zombie flick. Money shots, that's what you want. And that's what you'll get. I sincerely hope some of you vomit.
Anyway, I've only had one real disappointment: I wanted a zombie cameo. And I got one, but not as a "featured" zombie. They tried putting the white contact lenses in but my eyes are too buggy and weird. Every time I blinked, they came off. So I'm only on screen for a nanosecond, in the dark. They gave me a nice neck wound, though.
• Dead Set, Mon 27 to Oct 31, 10pm, E4; the DVD is out Nov 3
Spawn of the dead
Dead Set was inspired by about a billion other zombie movies. Here are just a few of them
George Romero's "Dead Trilogy (1968-1985)
Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead. The Old Testament of zombie movies; without them none of the others would've been possible. Romero's zombies shamble around in quasi-comic fashion; laugh if you like, but they'll eventually overpower. Dawn Of The Dead is the greatest splatter movie ever made.
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1980)
The film that made Italian director Lucio Fulci a legend among the sort of crowd that like to watch people getting their eyes gouged out with wooden splinters for no good reason. Because that's precisely what happens here. Silly and unrelentingly nasty. At one point a zombie has an underwater fight with a shark. A real shark. God knows how they shot that.
28 Days Later (2002)
London lies abandoned while Danny Boyle and Alex Garland teach zombies to gallop. You know this one like the back of your hand, but it's hard to exaggerate just what a seismic shift in zombiedom it caused. You mean they can run now? Jesus!
The Walking Dead (2003-present)
It's a comic book, not a movie.
Robert Kirkman's epic, ongoing ink-and-paper zombie serial. Essential reading for fans of the undead. Pop down your local comic shop today and buy it. You won't be disappointed, unless you hate zombies, in which case stop reading now.
The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue (1975)
A little-known nihilistic yuckfest directed by Jorge Grau and set in the Lake District, not Manchester at all.
A sonic device intended to kill farming parasites awakens corpses instead; all manner of bloody hell ensues.
A seedy, bitter atmosphere prevails throughout mainly thanks to the misanthropic detective.
Zombie Creeping Flesh (1982)
The very definition of guilty pleasure, this no-budget ultra-derivative quickie is a stoned mix of stock jungle footage, gratuitous nudity, and extreme violence. The outbreak starts when a rat bites a technician at a chemical plant, causing him to fall over and hit the wrong lever. Want to see it now, don't you?
Just a heads up that this starts tonight, 27/10/08 from 22:00 - 23:10, and continues through the week from 22:00 - 22:35, on E4. I think the whole thing will be shown some night next week on E4, and the dvd looks like it's being released next Monday.
Looking forward to this!
I. Can. Not. Wait. For. This!
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Just watched the first episode on E4 (+1 ). It wasn't half bad, great concept and some pretty decent gore, it had a really bleak atmosphere aswell which was quite effective. Better than I was expecting it to be, quite looking forward to the next one now.
I was left thinking they should have done more.
There was a film-thin layer of satire over what was otherwise a typical zombie film, which while done quite well brought nothing new.
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