Channel Five to air Walking Dead
Zombie hit shuffles toward Sky-less tellies
Channel 5 will be broadcasting the TV incarnation of The Walking Dead comic series next Spring.
The six-part show debuted on US television this Autumn and it's proved something of a hit. A second season has already been commissioned
From Image comic book to...
Developed by Frank 'Shawshank Redemption, The Mist' Darabont from Robert Kirkman's excellent comic, the series follows a group of survivors learning to cope in a world where a mystery disease has killed off almost all of the population - and turned them into zombies.
The show stars Andrew 'Egg' Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a cop who wakes from a coma to find his entire world has gone to pot while he slept.
...to AMC TV show
It's a theme that traces its roots back to John Wyndam's Day of the Triffids rather than, say, George Romero's zombie films, but it's no "comfy catastrophy" - as SF writer Brian Aldiss described Wyndam's novel and the many books it inspired - but a harsh fight for survival.
The comic's onto its seventy-ninth issue, and most of its cast of characters have not made it this far. ®
I thought they were already showing it
Just it was called Neighbours/Home and away and had a bit less violence :p
Sky will 'steal' the next series
Sky's standard practice these days is to let someone else purchase the FTA rights to the first series of anything interesting. That way they let someone else take the risk of buying a flop and more people get hooked on the show, then they step in and buy the exclusive rights for the subsequent season. "Want to watch the second series, just buy Sky!"
It's a dirty, dirty trick but about par for Sky. Personally I refuse to be suckered in that way, Sky can go jump. As far as I'm concerned it's easier to just imagine that shows like Chuck have been cancelled.
I refuse to pay for television and then have to suffer adverts as well.
Forget walking dead
When are they going to make a TV serial of "Strontium Dogs" from the pages of 2000AD?
coming to the UK? FREE on Five.
I think the article is making the point that it's coming to Five. Which is free to air. No subs. So everyone with the good sense not to subscribe to Sky can watch it.
Go to the poorest estates and areas of any town or city, the thing which immediately stands out are the hundreds of mini-dishes. Sky isn't considered a luxury by the working class, it's a basic necessity. Meanwhile I know plenty of lower-middle class families who wouldn't dream of spending £20+ a month on Sky, they save every penny they can to send their kids to good schools or simply paying the mortgage.