If You Watch Big Brother, You Have No Life… Literally!
Now, you know I like Big Brother. And you might have guessed from looking around my site I like horror. And I also quite enjoy Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe on BBC Four. But if one were to combine all three, what would be the end result…?
Dead Set, a six-part horror drama created for E4 by Charlie Brooker, began tonight with the first two parts airing as one. It was initially paced slowly; we got to know the housemates left inside the Big Brother house and the production crew behind the scenes – mainly Kelly and her boss Patrick (and of course Davina, playing herself), who are working hard on eviction night and showing concern at the news bulletins reporting on mounting violence across the nation. The tension soon builds, and as one of the housemates is evicted and brought into the studio, a security guard staggers into an unsuspecting crowd with a gushing neck wound. Soon, unbeknownst to Davina and the production crew, a deadly virus is spreading through the public and closing in on the building.
I found it quite awe-inspiring watching Davina having her throat ripped out, certainly the most powerful scene of the night! You luckily feel for the main character, Kelly, as she not only battles with a whip-cracking boss (who survives the onslaught by pushing a disabled man in front of him in order to seek refuge in a toilet cubicle!), but is soon battling the undead. After her initial escape is thwarted (in what was probably the height of terrifying action for Episode One – my mum certainly jumped hard), Kelly is cornered into the big brother house and has to convince the skeptical, fame-seeking housemates that their reality show is over and the real reality is that the dead people are coming back to life. It’s here we can sort of see who the survivors might be, and as with the real BB, you sort of pick your housemates (mine is Space). I’ll be eagerly following the rest of the series this week so check back for more developments as the housemates and Kelly venture out of the BB house, possibly running into the other survivors, and maybe a very hungry Davina!