The Undead: Walkers or Runners?

I’ve heard on good authority that Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set is a rather excellent mini-series. It’s also controversial, sparking an argument on whether or not zombies can run.

Simon Pegg is of the belief that they can’t, as he elucidates in his latest article for The Guardian:

More significantly, the fast zombie is bereft of poetic subtlety. As monsters from the id, zombies win out over vampires and werewolves when it comes to the title of Most Potent Metaphorical Monster. Where their pointy-toothed cousins are all about sex and bestial savagery, the zombie trumps all by personifying our deepest fear: death.

Brooker’s five-point retort came, in typical style, as part of a recent Comment is Free article:

We had to clearly and immediately differentiate Dead Set from Shaun of the Dead, which had cornered the market on zombie-centric horror-comedy. Blame yourself, Simon: if you’d made that film badly, it wouldn’t have been so popular, and drawing a distinction wouldn’t have been an issue. Each time one of our zombies breaks into a sprint, it’s your own stupid talented fault.

I’m undecided on the issue.