Fans still reeling over the cancellation of In The Flesh will soon see Luke Newberry back on screen – just not in the way they hope.
Newberry has joined the cast of BBC1’s upcoming crime drama From Darkness along with Johnny Harris, who can currently be seen in Sky Atlantic thriller Fortitude; and Richard Rankin, who most recently appeared in Silent Witness.
Newberry will play a detective sergeant who finds himself working on an old investigation with an unexpected colleague: a traumatised ex-officer who worked on the case originally, portrayed by Anne-Marie Duff. She also happens to be the ex-lover of Newberry’s DS’s partner (Harris).
The drama has been written by Katie Baxendale, who is best known for mid-noughties Channel 4 comedy Sugar Rush.
Newberry says: “Katie Baxendale has written a gripping and complex human drama, and Boyce goes on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.”
However, Newberry’s new role doesn’t necessarily rule out a resurrection of In The Flesh, in which he played a reformed zombie. The Bafta-winning BBC3 drama was axed in January but fans have since been campaigning for the show to continue on an online streaming service – and Newberry told RadioTimes.com he’d be “interested” if this happened.