Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/10/channel_five_walking_dead/

Channel Five to air Walking Dead

Zombie hit shuffles toward Sky-less tellies

By Tony Smith

Posted in Hardware, 10th December 2010 12:27 GMT

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

Walking Dead

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.

Walking Dead

...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. ®