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article imageIn the Flesh follows Doctor Who for Supernatural Saturday

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 13, 2013 in Entertainment
In the Flesh – the “zombie-rehabilitation” drama – and its star, Luke Newberry, are to follow in Doctor Who’s and Matt Smith’s footsteps by joining BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday, it has been announced.
The news follows last month’s successful launch of Supernatural Saturday, which is currently part-way through showing a batch of eight brand-new episodes of Doctor Who, the BBC’s flagship science-fiction drama series that stars Smith in the eponymous role.
A three-part mini-series, In the Flesh was written by a newcomer to television, Dominic Mitchell, who was commissioned following his submission through the in-house BBC Writersroom scheme, Northern Voices.
In The Flesh follows Kieren Walker, a zombie teenager who is integrated back into both the local community and the heart of his family. “After his suicide four years ago,” the basic premise continues, “his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies, now known as PDS (partially deceased syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran returns, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state.”
Luke Newberry, 23, played Teddy Lupin in the Harry Potter epilogue, Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but his scene was later cut from the film. A relative newcomer to television, he appeared in an episode of the Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss drama series Sherlock in 2012 and was seen recently in the five-part ITV supernatural drama, Lightfields.
In the UK, In the Flesh finished its short run last weekend to wide critical approval. However, there is no word yet as to whether there will be a second season.
In the Flesh will be shown as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday line-up in August, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, alongside the fifth and final season of the original British version of Being Human.
Meanwhile, Doctor Who continues on BBC America this evening, with Cold War, by Mark Gatiss (An Adventure in Space and Time). The story is the third in the current run and will see the reintroduction of the Ice Warriors, a race of monsters last seen in the series almost 40 years ago. Joining Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman (his new companion, Clara Oswald) this week are film stars David Warner and Liam Cunningham.
The episode will also be shown tonight in several other countries, including Canada and the UK, and other territories during the coming week.
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