In the Flesh

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

We’ve had ghosts in Being Human and the undead in The Fades; now BBC3 gets stuck into zombies for a three-part drama. But like its cult forebears, In the Flesh steers commendably clear of cliché, and grips onto a fresh angle with steely confidence.

Without getting bogged down in back story, this low-key opener posits a reality in which zombies are being rehabilitated into society by the government. These sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome are kitted out with flesh-coloured make-up and contact lenses to hide their pinpoint pupils. But cosmetics are the least of their worries: public fear and suspicion are embodied by a “rotter” hating Human Volunteer Force. So who are the real monsters here: the afflicted or the baying mob?

Kenneth Cranham, Ricky Tomlinson and Steve Evets bolster a cast of newcomers in a chilling but chewy tale of intolerance.

About this programme

1/3. Supernatural drama about the re-integration of a zombie teenager into his local community. One of thousands of individuals affected by partially deceased syndrome, or PDS, Kieren Walker returns home to Roarton, having been subjected to months of rehabilitation and medication by a government that has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance. However, a cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment exists and is gathering support. Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham and Steve Evets star.

Cast and crew


Kieren Walker
Luke Newberry
Bill Macy
Steve Evets
Ken Burton
Ricky Tomlinson
Vicar Oddie
Kenneth Cranham
Lisa Lancaster
Riann Steele
Jem Walker
Harriet Cains
Amy Dyer
Emily Bevan
Dr Shepherd
Stewart Scudamore
Treatment assistant
James Foster
Alex Arnold
Janet Macy
Karen Henthorn
Patty Lancaster
Juliet Ellis
Sue Walker
Marie Critchley
Philip Wilson
Stephen Thompson
Shirley Wilson
Sandra Huggett
Lee Toomes
Rachel Toomes
Steve Walker
Steve Cooper
Danielle Vitalis
John Owen-Jones
Pearl Pinder
Gillian Waugh
Kevin Sutton
Gerrard Thompson
Mrs Bennett
Susan Twist
Giles Weir
Oliver Birch
Maggie Burton
Sue Wallace
Duncan Lancaster
Steve Garti


Jonny Campbell
Anne Harrison-Baxter
Dominic Mitchell