Sunday 26 October 2008

Day 26: Dead Set

Unless you harbour secret fantasies of graphically murdering Davina McCall, you’ve probably never seen her quite like this before. Admittedly, if you live outside the UK, you’ve probably never seen her before anyway, but Davina is famous for presenting Big Brother here for the last nine years. How has she ended up with a gaping jugular? Well, it’s all to do with a new five-part horror serial starting tomorrow night on E4. It’s called Dead Set and, seeing as it’s timed to coincide with Halloween, and seeing as I can’t wait to tune in, I’ve decided to make it my Sham Shocktober pick of the day.

Big Brother has long been accused of turning its viewers into mindless zombies but, in Dead Set, the whole of Britain has already succumbed to a zombie outbreak, with the only people not yet affected (and indeed blissfully unaware) being the remaining contestants holed up in the Big Brother house. Back up this satirical premise with the presence of Davina and the actual BB sets and you have what could be great TV, assuming the makers really go for the gory horror angle as well as the laughs (and, if the trailer is anything to go by, it looks like they do).

It’s been a while since British TV has tried its hand at straight horror but, with this and the forthcoming BBC shocker Apparitions, things are looking decidedly spooky this autumn. Check out Dead Set’s website here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well, don't this sound interesting... I love the premise and will definitely check out those links!