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article image'In the Flesh' premieres at Cannes, awaits re-commission

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 14, 2013 in Entertainment
The people responsible for the BBC “zombie-rehabilitation” drama, In the Flesh, have just returned from Cannes, where they have been to promote the three-part mini-series.
However, the BBC have still to announce whether or not they want more episodes of the critically acclaimed drama.
The show’s writer, Dominic Mitchell, BBC Production Head of Drama, England, Kate Harwood, and star, Luke Newberry have returned to the UK following the successful Cannes premiere of the BBC 3-made show, which finished its short run in Britain last weekend.
Yesterday, Digital Journal reported that the mini-series had been picked up for transmission by BBC America, to be shown in its Supernatural Saturday slot. Supernatural Saturday was successfully launched last month to coincide with the new series of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.
In The Flesh stars relative TV newcomer Luke Newberry, 23, as Kieren Walker – a teenage zombie, or PDS (partially deceased syndrome) sufferer – who is integrated back into both the local community and the heart of his family after months of re-habilitation and medication.
Its short run ended last Sunday in the UK but, although it was well received by viewers and critics alike, fans are being kept waiting about the show’s future.
Digital Spy speaks of the need for the series to be re-commissioned: “In just three weeks, In The Flesh has garnered a following that other shows would kill for and with the ebb and flow of UK cult television currently very much on the ‘ebb’ side of things, it would be a mistake to cut down a drama as bold and original as this one in its prime.”
Fans of such drama are still upset by the BBC’s decision to axe another of its original supernatural dramas, The Fades, after just one season.
The Fades was written by Jack Thorne (Skins), produced by Caroline Skinner – who went on to become executive producer of Doctor Who – and starred Iain De Caestecker (Young Herriot) as another outsider teenager, Paul. The show went down well with viewers and went on to win a coveted BAFTA.
It is understood that Mitchell, the creative genius behind In the Flesh, has mapped out much more PDS-inspired drama but, at the moment, doesn’t know whether he’ll get the chance to use it. However, he is grateful for the support he’s been given, and the confidence shown to him, by the people at the BBC have shown so far. “2nd outing or not, The BBC & @bbcthree have been so supportive of the show. They deserve kudos,” he tweeted recently.
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