In The Flesh, a zombie drama starring Anna Karenina and Quartet’s Luke Newberry, is coming to BBC3.
When teenager Keiren died his family and friends thought he was gone for good, but shortly after his funeral thousands of the dead were reanimated. After four years of medication and rehabilitation, Keiren and his fellow PDS sufferers (that’s Partially Deceased Syndrome) are ready to be reintroduced into the community.
The govenment may have introduced the PDS Protection act – a policy of tolerance and acceptance towards the undead – but that doesn’t mean ‘life’ for the zombies will be easy. Back in the rural village of Roarton Keiren is faced with a return to family life, while dealing with the troubling flashbacks of what he did before he was treated, and the Human Volunteer Force – a zombie hating movement ready to take action against any PDS sufferers who are reintroduced into the area…
Writer Dominic Mitchell says: “When I first came up with the idea, I was always ‘what would really happen in a zombie apocalypse?’ Not the movie version, but the real version. And in the real version, in my head, the scientists would always be trying to find a cure, or find some way to manage the undead.”
“I want it to be for a really wide audience and to talk about real issues, real family issues, real domestic issues, and we play with the zombie methodology,” he went on to add. “We do have a few scenes of real great zombie genre stuff, but then you have a scene where it’s really domestic and they’re sitting around the table just trying to be a family again, and that’s what I really wanted it to do. So, your Grandma can watch it, hopefully, and really enjoy it, and it can speak to her as well as speak to the teenage zombie horror fan.”
So what’s In The Flesh really about?
“It’s about redemption, forgiveness and battling against prejudices,” says Mitchell, “and that prejudices can cause chaos if there is no forgiveness – that causes chaos to you and the community.
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