First Look - The Walking Dead

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Adapted from a monthly black and white American comic series, “The Walking Dead” is the latest offering from acclaimed director Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile) and it’s set to air in the UK this Friday, November 5.

The story will seem familiar to fans of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, with protagonist police officer Rick Grimes (played by late nineties/early noughties TV stalwart Andrew Lincoln) awakening from a coma following a highway shoot out, only to find his hometown undergoing a zombie-induced apocalypse - and we thought our post-Halloween hangover was bad.

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Despite the predictable start and plenty of that much-parodied zombie shuffle, the strong plotline, pace-y action and gore-tastic effects make for a heavyweight feel, which will turn the heads of the most stoical of zombie haters (Esquire included).

Whether Andrew Lincoln pulls off the Georgian twang of the Deep South is still under deliberation, but early signs suggest that “The Walking Dead” will be the next American series to sweep the board this winter.

“The Walking Dead” airs at 10pm November 5 on FX and National Geographic Channels.

Words by Andrew Willis