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Space series turns zombie genre on its ear

BBC series strives to rehab zombies and integrate them back into society.
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Greg David, April 26, 2013 9:55:33 AM

The zombie genre is getting an interesting twist in a new series that seeks to integrate them back into society.

Acquired by Space from the BBC, the three-part In the Flesh — set to air in May — focuses on zombie teen Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina), who is integrated back into his town of Roarton, England.

According to Space’s press release, Kieren is just one of thousands of the undead — referred to as suffering from partially deceased syndrome (PDS) — who are rehabilitated and reintroduced into their communities. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go smoothly. Not only are former zombies like Kieren haunted by memories of the bad things they did as the undead, but they’re treated as outcasts by the living.

In the Flesh also stars David Walmsley (Doctors), Emily Bevan (The Thick of It), Alex Arnold (Skins), Steve Cooper (Shameless), Marie Critchley (Accused), Harriet Cains (Doctors), Kenneth Cranham (Death in Paradise) and Sandra Hugget (Leaving).

While In the Flesh attracted a meagre following in the U.K. when it aired last month (668,000 for the debut), it enjoyed critical acclaim; a second season is up in the air.

Part 1 of In the Flesh debuts Saturday, May 18, at 10 p.m. ET on Space; Part 2 airs Saturday, May 25; Part 3 is broadcast on Saturday, June 1.

 

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