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The first teaser for E4’s Dead Set is online. Click the eye for the video:

While it’s debatable as to whether the zombie thing has run its course for this decade, Big Brother satire definitely has. Still, it’s such a bizarre combination of genres and talents that it’ll either be a) utterly brilliant, b) a train wreck, or c) that show everyone refers to as ‘That E4 thing that wants to be Shaun of the Dead’.

Charlie Booker has insisted that it’s not a comedy, but that is Kevin Eldon in the BB house…

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Though if you’re reading, telly people, I’d be very interested in seeing a production of Brooker’s screenplay for this:…

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By Andrew
September 10, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

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I’m quite liking the idea behind this…

By Danny Stephenson
September 10, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

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I was an extra on this.

Some people are automatically assuming that it is a) a Comedy and b) a satire. I don’t think it has to be either to be honest. Brooker himself has called it “unapologetically populist” and the gore/violence was designed to look as shocking and realistic as possible.

People expecting a TV Shaun of the Dead will be very disappointed, and I suspect the BB aspect was picked as a useful plot mechanism rather than a full blown satire.

By Frank Olsen
September 11, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

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I’m interested to see it - very much hoping for option A. It just seems a little behind the times genre-wise. But then, that’s movies, and TV can do something very different with the same ideas…

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By Andrew
September 11, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

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>I suspect the BB aspect was picked as a useful plot mechanism rather than a full blown satire.

This is what I thought, actually. BB house does not necessarily = BB satire, and my impression is that he’s picked it as a neat setting rather than wanting to actively satirise the show itself. Essentially, it’s a handy and extremely contemporary way of getting a group of people into an enclosed, cut-off-from-the-real-world environment.

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By Seb Patrick
September 12, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

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By John Hoare
September 26, 2008 @ 2:00 am

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