This is well worth getting, especially if you're into zombie films. The premise is nothing original, in that the storyline is as much a satire on modern culture as it is a great horror film - but that's no bad thing.
When a zombie outbreak occurs, initially unbeknownst to airhead Big Brother contestants, survivors attempt to use the BB house as a refuge. Focusing on the story of Big Brother runner Kelly (Jaime Winstone), the show parodies celebrity culture and the 'fast track to fame' mentality of reality TV.
Brooker illustrates his dislike for the show mainly via cocky producer Patrick, played excellently by Andy Nyman, and even sympathises with some of the housemates, particularly Space (Adam Deacon). The story also follows Riq (Riz Ahmed), Kelly's boyfriend, who is trying to find his way to the famous house.
The show, which plays more like a feature film, takes visual and thematic cues from the George A Romero zombie films, the 28 Days/Weeks Later films, and various other pop culture references. Much like his imaginary TV schedules from TV Go Home, the show has a dark, witty humour; coupled with the violent and gory sequences of a zombie outbreak, its an all round flesh eating treat.
It is also much more accomplished than Brooker's previous effort Nathan Barley, which for me didn't quite convey the same sense of anger at idiot culture seen in TV Go Home. The story, characters, direction and bleak location are all perfectly balanced. In particular, though, the dialogue is as witty as it is bleak.
Dead Set is an entertaining, enjoyable and truly interesting take on the zombie outbreak scenario. Recommended!