First Look At BBC Zombie Series, In The Flesh

By David Wharton | Published

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With AMC’s The Walking Dead having become a monster hit, everybody wants to jump on the zombie bandwagon (which is pulled by zombie horses, FYI). Now the folks across the Pond have released the first pictures from the BBC Three series In the Flesh, which takes a kinder, gentler approach to the zombie apocalypse. Well, at the very least one without quite so many head shots.

SFX reports that, unlike many a post-apocalyptic zombie tale, In the Flesh assumes that civilization not only survives the rise of the undead, but is finding a way to try and reincorporate the living-challenged – please, don’t call them zombies – back into society. There are even zombie rehab centers to help the formerly dead to readjust to the bizarre new nature of their reality. No word exactly what constitutes a zombie in In the Flesh. Do they still crave brains? Do they have to worry about parts of them rotting off? The lead character, shown above, supposedly died years ago, only to be resurrected on the night when the dead begin rising. He doesn’t look bad for having spent a long time in the dirt. Maybe it’s the moisturizer he uses.

In the Flesh just started filming last month, so we probably shouldn’t expect to see it premiere until sometime in 2013 – hopefully on BBC America as well as BBC Three. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates, but in the meantime, here’s the official synopsis of the series. What say you? Do you have room in your schedule for yet another zombie show?

In the Flesh is the story of teenager Kieren Walker and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated in one freak night; and now, after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

With its central themes of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, denial, and the very essence of what it means to be alive or dead, In the Flesh is a complex but tender look at what happens when families get a second chance at mending their past and working together towards an unpredictable future.

Set in the fictional village of Roarton, In the Flesh started filming on Sunday 21 October and is shot around the North West of England. The cast also includes Alex Arnold (Alex), Steve Cooper (Steve Walker), Marie Critchley (Sue Walker), Stephen Thompson (Philip Wilson), Sandra Hugget (Shirley Wilson), Gerard Thompson (Dean), Kevin Sutton (Gary), John Owen-Jones (Keith),