BBC Drama 'In The Flesh' Imagines The Living Dead As A (Curable) Disease

"I am a Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer, and what I did in my untreated state is not my fault."

That's the horror by way of self-help idea of "In the Flesh," the new three-part zombie drama making its debut on March 17 on BBC Three.

The series was created by writer Dominic Mitchell, who envisions a world post-zombie outbreak where the living dead have been medicated, rehabilitated, and sent back to their homes and families. One of these is Kieran Walker (Luke Newberry), who's still haunted by his actions is his flesh-eating state. As Live For Films helpfully points out, like "Warm Bodies," this is another post-zombie zombie movie about integrating humans and the zombie menace. I'm strangely put off by the therapy/recovery angle--I feel like that's an easy well to go to for genre stuff these days where characters talk out what it means to be a monster ("Being Human" on both sides of the pond, for instance).


Here's the lengthy synopsis. "In the Flesh" will premiere Sunday, March 17 on BBC Three.

After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren (Luke Newberry) again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated; and now, after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

Now known as PDS sufferers (Partially Deceased Syndrome) – and since the passing of the PDS Protection act – the government have set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, one that is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of the rising, and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued.

A cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment and the source of the ‘rotter’ hating Human Volunteer Force (HVF), Kieren returns to his home in the rural village of Roarton. Here he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and the flashbacks that continue to haunt him of what he did in his untreated state.

Kieren’s parents, Steve (Steve Cooper) and Sue (Marie Critchley), are undoubtedly pleased to see him, but his sister, Jem (Harriet Cains), isn’t so ready to pick up where they left off.

Meanwhile, the HVF, led by violent Bill Macy (Steve Evets) and backed by local churchman Vicar Oddie (Kenneth Cranham), are ready to take action against any PDS Sufferer reintegrated on their patch.

[Source: Live For Films]