Actor Hamza Jeetooa has invented a new term in TV filming - the "reverse of shame". As he told the RTS Midlands audience at the premiere of new ITV2 comedy horror series Zomboat!, it happens when you're shooting on a narrow boat and make a mistake.Roz Laws, Royal Television Society, 15th October 2019
The six-parter looked cheap but then that's very much in the spirit of the zombie movie, which is to filmic DIY what putting up a shelf is to the real thing. All you need is a dozen shambling extras and a street cleared temporarily of gawpers and if you've a half decent script you can let your characters do the rest. Miller's script is more than half decent and with Plebs (another cheap looking show) now returned for a fifth series, ITV2's comedy roster is looking a lot healthier than Birmingham's plague-afflicted undead.Barry Didcock, The National, 13th October 2019
The zombie apocalypse comes to the Midlands in this gore-filled comedy about two pairs of friends who find themselves escaping the carnage on a painfully slow canal boat from an infected Birmingham to the supposed safe haven of London. Zombie invasions may be a well-trodden premise but the writer and director, Adam Miller, uses meta-references to his advantage, turning the 30-minute show into a crossover between a wry sitcom and a fast-paced first-person shooter.Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 8th October 2019
"Every show has its challenges, but the challenges of Zomboat! were laid out in its title."Broadcast, 2nd October 2019
"We're very careful not to do that sort of bullying comedy." he said. "Which is picking on people who are weak, those who are genuinely weak, genuinely dispossessed or are genuinely victims. That's important, otherwise that would be bullying, and we'll leave that to the old presenters of Top Gear."Adam Miller, The Daily Express, 5th May 2016
Expect some pearl-clutching tabloid outrage about this. Bernadette Davis's comedy introduces a quartet of girls in their mid-teens who swear, have sex and regularly countermand their mothers and fathers! Yet while parents of girls approaching that age may well blanch, there's some depth to lead character Viva (Adelayo Adedayo), who's rebelling against her dad (Colin Salmon) because he's seeing her school football coach (Dolly Wells).
The script mixes deft set pieces with cheap laughs - the mute girl in a burqa made me uncomfortable - but the direction, by Adam Miller, is consistently great: plenty of swift visual gags and a very funny, lairy girls' football match filmed in slow motion.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 6th November 2012