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murder in successville

BBC Three might be for the chop, but it still has some surprises up its sleeve. It's just commissioned an interactive mystery series and a zombie reality game show.

'Murder in Successville' is like 'Midsomer Murders' set in 'Stellar Street'. It centres on the fictional town of Successvile, which is home to all manner of celebrities like Harry Styles and Taylor Swift (played by actors).

The town sees a string of high-profile murders, and it's up to DI Sleet (Tom Davis) to bring the killer to justice. He'll be aided by a real celebrity sidekick every week, including Dermot O'Leary, Louis Smith and Greg James.

"'Murder in Successvile' manages to reinvent three genres of TV – part sitcom, part improv show and with a cop show-style murder to solve along the way," Ed Sleeman, BBC executive producer, said in a statement. "This promises to be unlike anything the audience will have seen before."

'I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse', meanwhile, is set six months into a zombie outbreak. Participants have to survive in an abandoned shopping centre for seven days. One touch from the undead, and they're out.

There will also be tasks to complete. The survivors will be airlifted out at the end of the week.

"'I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse' is a reality event on a huge scale for BBC Three, it promises to be a deadly twist on the genre," Zal Bennett, BBC Three controller, said in a statement.

"Executive producer Andrew Brereton added: "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."

Neither show has a confirmed broadcast date.

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