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article imageDominic Mitchell’s ‘In the Flesh’ in the balance as Season 2 ends

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 4, 2014 in Entertainment
The future of the BBC’s multi-BAFTA-winning drama series “In the Flesh” is hanging in the balance as it nears the conclusion of its second season.
In the Flesh, which stars Luke Newberry as partially deceased syndrome sufferer Kieren Walker, was the surprise TV drama hit of 2013, despite its first season consisting of just three 60-minute episodes.
For Season 2, BBC Three ordered six hour-long episodes from its creator Dominic Mitchell.
However, in March this year, the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall, announced that BBC Three was to be closed as a TV channel, with the brand being re-imagined as an online-only service.
What this means for In the Flesh has still not been revealed, with the Radio Times confirming that at the time of writing, the future of the critically acclaimed zombie drama “is uncertain.”
However, Newberry, speaking recently to Anglophenia, said, “Dominic Mitchell has so many ideas that there’s great scope for future episodes [that the show] could go and go.”
In May, In the Flesh won the BAFTA TV award for Best Mini-Series, seeing off competition from The Fall, The Great Train Robbery and Southcliffe. Newberry had been nominated for the Leading Actor award, but lost out to Souuthcliffe’s Sean Harris.
Whether its recent BAFTA wins will help ensure its survival as a TV series is anyone’s guess. In 2012, another BBC Three science-fiction drama series — The Fades — didn’t survive being axed despite winning coveted Royal Television Society awards.
As well as Luke Newberry, In the Flesh also stars Emily Bevan (The Last Sparks of Sundown), Wunmi Mosaku (Vera), Emmett J Scanlon (Hollyoaks) and Stephen Thompson (Father Brown).
Currently being broadcast in the UK on BBC Three, Season 2 reaches its conclusion this Sunday (June 8).
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