It’s the same Roarton but slightly different which is really important because it is a new series and it does have a new flavour. It’s over six episodes this time so we’ve got a lot of space to grow and develop and become familiar with everything which I think enables you to make slightly braver choices.
It’s the same Amy but she’s come back with a new set of ideologies. When she left in series one to go to this commune and find the undead prophet she was looking for answers. She wanted to know who she was and why they were there, why had they come back? She doesn’t have anyone – Kieren is the closest thing to family that she’s got and when she was pushed out of Roarton, she went on this journey. Now she’s got these new views, she’s grown a little bit in confidence – the kind of confidence you get from being part of a wider community. But she’s also privately struggling because she thinks she’s becoming immune to the medication and she’s having these strange fits.
When she comes back she’s talking about this beau she’s got – Simon (played by Hollyoaks actor Emmett Scanlan) – but there’s a bit of mystery surrounding who this guy is. Emmett brings a different sort of energy which is really fun to play against because he brings out a different side of Amy – a bashful, slightly more girly side to her which is new. She’s quite unsure of herself around him.
Amy and Kieren’s relationship is under strain. Kieren’s a bit uneasy about her when she comes back because she starts spouting these extreme things. There’s a bit of tension because Kieren really just wants to fit in and toe the line. He wants to blend into the community and doesn’t want to create a fuss but Amy’s really challenging that by being a little bit confrontational.
You’ve got these two sides: the Undead Liberation Army on one side – they’re an extreme party for the pro-undead – and on the other side you’ve got the pro-living. You can identify with both sides. In series two, Victus party MP Maxine Martin shows up, telling the residents of Roarton “these people are only one dose away from ripping your head apart,” and it’s true so you can relate to where she’s coming from. Then you’ve got the Undead Liberation Army who come from feeling ostracized. Any group that’s pushed out and made to feel different perhaps might go on that extreme path to get attention. The uneasiness between the two sides is really interesting. It’s just about feeling other and being different and not fitting in.
Maybe the proposed closure of BBC3 will bring positive attention to this second series and people will be aware of the brilliant work that BBC3 are doing. I trust they are going to do the right thing for us and that the programme will go forward in the best way it can.