BBC3 to make zombie drama In the Flesh

Further BBC commissions include a modern-day take on The Three Musketeers and a new adaptation of The Lady Vanishes

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It’s got vampires, werewolves and ghosts covered with supernatural drama series Being Human and now BBC3 is giving the walking dead a chance to shine.

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New drama series In the Flesh is set after the quelling of a “Zombie Uprising”, with the surviving undead being slowly integrated into society with the help of medication, contact lenses and make-up. 

The series is by Dominic Mitchell, a young writer discovered through the BBC’s Northern Voices competition, and follows the same format as Sherlock of three 90 minute episodes.

Meanwhile, three BBC1 drama commissions were also announced today. 

Six-part series Frankie – by Lucy Gannon, who penned ITV’s  Soldier Soldier – follows a dedicated district nurse whose patients matter more to her than her personal life. The Musketeers is a contemporary ten-part take on the characters created by Alexandre Dumas. And The Lady Vanishes is a one-off drama for Christmas, based on the novel made famous by Alfred Hitchock’s movie adaptation.

Kate Harwood, BBC controller of drama series and serials, said: “These four new commissions are a tribute to the huge range of creativity and talent within the in-house drama teams in both London and Salford.

“From a young and innovative new writer’s first television commission for BBC3; to Adrian Hodges entirely fresh take on the classic characters in The Musketeers; to a beautiful and emotional adaptation of the novel that inspired a Hitchcock classic by Fiona Seres; through to Lucy Gannon’s Frankie, a warm and authored new show, from the doyenne of returning drama series.”

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BBC1 controller Danny Cohen added: “The new BBC1 commissions from drama present a richly ambitious slate that will thrill, move and delight audiences.”