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Did any of you catch this?

I just watched all 5 episodes one after the other and thought it was absolutely fucking brilliant.

Without wanting to spoil it too much (it's shown in its entirety tomorrow) it's written by Charlie Brooker and is pretty much Big Brother meets 28 Days Later. It's horrific and dark yet satirical and absolutely hilarious in places and you really ought to watch it.
#1 at 23:21:11 - 01/11/2008
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No but i might now. For some reason i've never read the EG thread so you've managed to convert me.
When and where is it on tomorrow?
Might get the lads to have an afternoon scoffing fajitas and watching it.
#2 at 23:35:03 - 01/11/2008
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Apparently the whole 3 hour thing is on tomorrow night on E4 but it's also out on DVD on Monday.

Just read the whole EG thread. I love how they all said it was gonna be utter shit before they'd even seen it then after watching the first episode had to post with their tails between their legs.
#3 at 23:38:07 - 01/11/2008
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The full thing's on as a feature film at this very moment.

I really enjoyed it - don't care what the naysayers are saying :-)
#4 at 00:54:56 - 02/11/2008
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You had me at "written by Charlie Brooker".

I was amazed they got permission to film Davina without her makeup on ;-)
#5 at 06:04:59 - 02/11/2008
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yep, loved it, a good ending too.
good to have something decent on E4 for once.
#6 at 11:20:29 - 02/11/2008
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Since our freeview is on the fritz I have managed to miss the whole damned thing. Noticed it is available on iTunes but may just go for the DVD. Is it good enough to rate as rewatchable, thus justifying a purchase?

Brooker's Guardian rants are some of the funniest mainstream journalism around and the odd gaming reference raises a smile too.
#7 at 12:28:34 - 02/11/2008
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Can you get it off 4oD?

Saw this thread last night and grabbed the shows, watched the first two before bed and just finished it off now.

Absolutely amasing, and very glad I didn't have ads to disturb the flow. It did actually genuinely get the heart rate going as well as the odd smile.

I won't spoiler it as it sounds like others still have to watch it.
#8 at 14:00:52 - 02/11/2008
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Ok, missed it. Forgot about it and the lads watched Tropical Thunder instead. Bad Mistake, not as funny as i'd hoped but it had some good bits.

So, DVD worth getting?
#9 at 14:13:23 - 02/11/2008
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@duncan

Nice idea. Mac user though :(
#10 at 14:49:57 - 02/11/2008
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Barchetta said:@duncan

Nice idea. Mac user though :(
Isn't that what bootcamp or parralels is for ;)

Otherwise you'll find the torrents on EZTV which is how I got them.
#11 at 14:51:59 - 02/11/2008
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Really enjoyed it, and the missus got really hooked, which is quite unusual for her and gore. And my mate Dan was 'corpse by side of road' in Ep 1 !
#12 at 19:15:51 - 02/11/2008
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duncan said:
Barchetta said:@duncan

Nice idea. Mac user though :(
Isn't that what bootcamp or parralels is for ;)

Otherwise you'll find the torrents on EZTV which is how I got them.


Sorry, PowerPC G5 iMac. Maybe torrents but since it is Brooker, and he may be on royalties, I'd give him the 0.001p of the DVD sale!
#13 at 22:28:12 - 02/11/2008
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Heh, Pegg was a bit miffed:

Lovable Brit and part-time undead fighter Simon Pegg (Shaun of The Dead), knows a thing or two about whacking the crap out of some zombies. Which is why he is penning his own article, in the Guardian no less, about how he's sick to death of all these speedy zombies. After going to a zombie movie-fest Pegg lets out a little steam about his utter disappointment after watching Dead Set's undead sprinting around the screen, because "ZOMBIES DON'T RUN."

What's interesting about Pegg's take-down of Dead Set's villains is that the "journalist" (Krishnan Guru-Murthy) who warned the world of the undead invasion in Shaun Of The Dead also played a "newsreader" in Dead Set, which Pegg called akin to:

seeing an ex-lover walking down the street pushing a pram. Of course, this was a knee-jerk reaction. It's not as if Edgar and I hadn't already pushed someone else's baby up the cultural high street - but that, to some extent, was the point. In Shaun of the Dead, we lifted the mythology established by George A Romero in his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, and offset it against the conventions of a romantic comedy.


I'm really glad he mentioned this, so he's not just pointing fingers and claiming to have originated the idea of the funny zombie, but moving on. Pegg's biggest problem was in fact that these zombies didn't stumble along, they ran. He pulls upon other monster "facts" to prove his argument:

I know it is absurd to debate the rules of a reality that does not exist, but this genuinely irks me. You cannot kill a vampire with an MDF stake; werewolves can't fly; zombies do not run.It's a misconception, a bastardisation that diminishes a classic movie monster. The best phantasmagoria uses reality to render the inconceivable conceivable. The speedy zombie seems implausible to me, even within the fantastic realm it inhabits. A biological agent, I'll buy. Some sort of super-virus? Sure, why not. But death? Death is a disability, not a superpower. It's hard to run with a cold, let alone the most debilitating malady of them all.


Well said you crafty ginger. Pegg moves on, explaining the evolution of the fast zombie and where we should look to put the blame, and it turns out our favorite red-leather-suited singer needs to take his fair share of the blame.

After three films spanning three decades, and much imitation from film-makers such as Lucio Fulci and Dan O'Bannon, the credibility of the zombie was dealt a cruel blow by the king of pop. Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, directed by John Landis, was entertaining but made it rather difficult for us to take zombies seriously, having witnessed them body-popping.

It's a wonderful post that breaks down all sorts of zombie stories from Haitian folk lore to I Am Legend, and delightfully calling the Snyder remake of Dawn of the Dead "effective but pointless," which kind of hits the nail on that zombie's head. Though I'm a little worried about his "MTV-generation" moment, where he claims all the kiddies want their zombies souped up and fast, gets a little borderline grandpa. But still the whole argument is way too much fun to ignore.

Check out the rest of Pegg's article at The Guardian.


#14 at 17:33:27 - 05/11/2008
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Fast zombies are just plain wrong.

#15 at 17:59:48 - 05/11/2008
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Meh. As long as the film / show / 5 episode mini-series is entertaining, I really don't care if the zombies walk, crawl, run, fly, or bounce around on a pogo stick.

And Dead Set was plenty entertaining.
#16 at 18:04:32 - 05/11/2008
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Repeated on channel 4 now for those of you that missed it.
#17 at 23:03:33 - 06/01/2009

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