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  • TV-MA
  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (20,779)

Dead Set is a British television horror drama created by Charlie Brooker and produced by Zeppotron for E4. The series premiered on October 27, 2008 and ran for five episodes. The show follows a group of contestants and producers of the fictional reality television show "Big Brother" as they are trapped inside the Big Brother house during a zombification epidemic.

The series takes place in a dystopian version of Britain where the undead have taken over the country. The zombie outbreak starts on eviction night of "Big Brother," and the housemates are largely oblivious until later in the night. Eventually, the horror of the zombie outbreak reaches the housemates, and they must band together to survive.

The lead character is Kelly (Jaime Winstone), a production assistant working behind the scenes of the show. She finds herself trapped in the Big Brother house after the zombie apocalypse breaks out.

On the other side of the camera, we have the Big Brother housemates, who are unaware of what's happening outside until the zombies break in. The housemates are a wide range of personalities, including Pippa (Kathleen McDermott), the flirty but fake blonde, Joplin (Kevin Eldon), a bookish statistician who keeps a mental catalogue of what's going on outside the house and Space (Riz Ahmed), a typically laid-back guy who becomes one of the most proactive of the survivors.

The show also features Davina McCall, the host of the real "Big Brother" show, who plays a fictionalized version of herself as one of the last surviving people on earth.

Dead Set is a unique and well-executed spin on the zombie genre. Instead of the usual mix of survivors with diverse backgrounds, we have a group of people with very defined roles, all of whom are familiar to viewers through the Big Brother show. The show is able to use this familiarity to its advantage, playing with the concept and the characters as the world falls apart around them.

The show includes plenty of gore and graphic violence, which is not for the faint of heart. Dead Set is a well-made and suspenseful drama with real stakes and moments of genuine terror.

Both the production and writing quality of Dead Set are top notch. The unique premise of the show is expertly executed with a great cast, a compelling storyline and some genuinely scary moments. Brooker’s witty and biting writing skills are on full display here, with Dead Set offering plenty of commentary on the reality television industry and its impact on society.

Overall, despite its short run time, Dead Set is a solid entry in the zombie genre that manages to bring something unique and fresh to the table. It has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its tight writing, excellent performances, and intense action sequences. If you’re a fan of zombie horror or just want to see something new and exciting, then Dead Set is definitely worth checking out.

Dead Set is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on October 25, 2010.

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Episode 8
8. Episode 8
Episodes 4 - 5 of Charlie Brooker's zombie thriller.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
Episodes 1 - 3 of the zombie horror series.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
Feature length version of Dead Set, showing all five episodes of Charlie Brooker's zombie horror series set in a fictional Big Brother house. With a guest appearance from Davina McCall.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
October 31, 2010
Riq and Kelly are reunited. Patrick is forced to be tied up when he wants to leave the house and leave the others in danger. Patrick tries to get Joplin on side as the housemates decide what to do with him. Joplin unties Patrick and he takes Kelly hostage and leaves the house with her and Joplin. Riq ends up getting shot and killed in a scuffle. Joplin opens the gates and the zombies make it into the Big Brother complex. Patrick is killed as he attempts to escape. Space becomes trapped in the Big Brother control room after trying to find Pippa but is bitten by a zombie. The zombies make it into the house and Kelly manages to make it into the diary room. Kelly decides to try and make her way to Space but fails.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
October 28, 2010
Patrick and Pippa attempt to escape. Riq and Alex find themselves in real danger and after Alex is bitten by a zombie Riq is forced to kill her. The zombies keep making their way to the gates of the Big Brother house as Riq makes his way there too.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
October 27, 2010
Kelly and Marky try and find some medical supplies. Life in the house takes a turn for the worse when Angel becomes a zombie and bites Grayson. Alex and Riq are shocked by what they discover.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
October 26, 2010
Riq tries to stay alive outside of the Big Brother house and finds himself rescued by Alex after he becomes trapped in a shop. Patrick and Pippa are unable to escape from the office as a zombie Davina is outside the door. Angel's condition takes a turn for the worse.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
October 25, 2010
With disturbances happening around the United Kingdom, Big Brother producer Patrick is worried that the live eviction show could be canceled. Pippa is evicted from the house and as she chats to Davina the watching crowd is attacked by Zombies. Patrick tries to save Pippa after he finds her alive in an office. Kelly manages to make it to the house and tries to inform the housemates what is going on but a zombie makes it into the house when they don't believe her.
Where to Watch Dead Set
Dead Set is available for streaming on the E4 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dead Set on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    October 25, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (20,779)