Despite a campaign from fans, it was announced last month that Dominic Mitchell’s In The Flesh will not be returning for a third series. The cancellation followed the news that BBC3 will be moving online this autumn, subject to approval by the BBC Trust, which is currently soliciting views from viewers through its website.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Newberry says that fans should “keep believing” and use the platform to voice their concerns. “I think that’s the best thing to do because people do tweet me and stuff but I don’t have any say on another series. So [message the BBC Trust!] That’s my message to fans. Do that.”
Newberry, who played reformed zombie Kieran Walker in the show, also hopes that new BBC3 controller Damian Kavanagh will listen to In The Flesh fans, citing a recent BBC blog in which Kavanagh said their online content will be driven by, “What you, our audiences, have told us they want from new BBC3.”
“The head of BBC3, Damian, mentioned in his piece that it’s what they want to listen to their viewers and what the viewers want, and I hope they do start doing that, because the viewers are very vocal about what they want on the channel. Especially as BBC3 do create such brilliant drama. I suppose it’s been overlooked in terms of its drama content and comedy, but it really does produce very important stuff.”
Newberry’s comments follow those made by Harry Potter and BBC3’s Bluestone 42 actor Matthew Lewis, who told RadioTimes.com:
“I’m dead against [moving BBC3 online], it’s a real shame. I’d be very sad to see BBC3 go that way. I don’t think there’s enough television now for young people in general, and I just feel like there’s certain series that BBC3 take a gamble on and a risk on – it doesn’t always pay off, but every now and then they come up with a show that is unique, and people fall in love with. Where are those next gambles, where are those next risks going to be taken? Because without BBC3, I really don’t see it.”
BBC3 have stated that their online platform only has the budget for one drama a year, which next year will be given to Thirteen by Ripper Street writer Marnie Dickens. The channel has since confirmed that its budget will shrink from the current figure of £55m spent on programming to £30m when it goes online, subject to approval by the BBC Trust, next autumn.