Late last year, Sony Pictures Television’s Gogglebox and Britain’s ITV got together to put a spin on the game show format by mixing in elements of horror and unleashing Release The Hounds. Now comes a new twist in a similar vein from BBC Three and Ripper Street producers Tiger Aspect. BBC Three has commissioned I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse, a seven-part hourlong horror/game show that will trap eight contestants inside a shopping mall, surrounded by the walking dead. The contestants must live by their wits, make difficult decisions, and use urban survival tactics to avoid the lethal bite of a zombie. “The Army” is on its way, but the threat will be constant as once a player is bitten, they will leave the show in “grisly style.” Network Controller Zai Bennett calls it, “a reality event on a huge scale.” Entertainment Commissioner Ruby Kuraishe adds, “This is a tongue-in-cheek game show that will really test one’s mettle. I think people will die to be a part of it.” Executive producers for Tiger Aspect are Andrew Brereton and Sebastian Grant. Brereton quipped, “It’s nice to finally have a game show where if you get a challenge wrong, you get your arms ripped off and your brains eaten out.” Release The Hounds, which pitted contestants against a pack of cash-guarding canines in a dark forest, was a social media success when its first one-off hour ran in October 2013. A six-episode series was later ordered by ITV2, and Germany’s ProSieben aired a local version in March. No word yet on when I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse will be broadcast, but given BBC Three is slated to become an online-only outlet in late 2015, it shouldn’t be long.
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