What would happen if the dead did come back to life and attacked the living? What if a “cure” could be found? How would the un-undead readjust to their former lives? How would they deal with their actions? How would their families and friends accept them? Their neighbours?
These questions are addressed in a new BBC Three drama, IN THE FLESH. Writer/creator Dominic Mitchell was discovered by Drama North through Northern Voices, a BBC Writers Room scheme. Dominic was one of four writers who was selected and received training and script development – his intriguing script took a novel angle on the zombie genre and as a result was developed, commissioned and produced by BBC Drama North.
Here’s bbc.co.uk’s synopsis of the three-part drama:
“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.”
IN THE FLESH will start on BBC3 on Sunday, March 17 at 10pm, and I expect it will reach BBC America before long. Watch the trailer and see it it’ll be worth watching:
Article written by Derek “Deggsy” O’Brien