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article imageBBC orders more episodes of Dominic Mitchell’s 'In the Flesh'

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 28, 2013 in Entertainment
'In the Flesh' — Dominic Mitchell’s “zombie-rehabilitation” drama series starring Luke Newberry, has been picked up for a second season by BBC 3.
The re-commission follows weeks of uncertainty as to whether the BBC would order more episodes, despite a successful mini-series in March.
Mitchell announced the news on his Twitter feed. “Delighted #InTheFlesh is coming back. Thank you BBC, the cast, crew, the fans and all the supporters of the show,” he wrote.
Zai Bennett, the Controller of BBC 3 and the person responsible for commissioning the series acknowledged recently that In the Flesh is “a fantastically original and engaging drama”.
As reported by Digital Spy, he went on to say, “I’m delighted Dominic and the team will be able to tell more stories from the riveting characters and engaging world they created.”
Mitchell is a new writer to television, having been discovered through the BBC’s Northern Voices Writersroom initiative.
Following the conclusion of season 1 in the UK, Mitchell said, ???. Now, on being given the green light to continue his story, he enthused, “I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to be given this fantastic opportunity to continue exploring the characters and world of In the Flesh.”
Meanwhile, BBC Head of Drama, Kate Harwood, spoke to Radio Times about the forthcoming second season. “It is testament to the brilliant and talented in-house drama team in Salford that In the Flesh has been commissioned […] I am immensely proud of Dominic’s fantastic writing and can’t wait to see how the stories unfold,” she said.
In the Flesh stars Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker, a “zombie teenager” who is actually suffering from PDS (partially deceased syndrome). In season 1, Kieren is integrated back into both the local community and the heart of his family four years after his suicide. On his return home, Kieran is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state.”
Season 1 was just three episodes but, according to Broadcast, season 2 will likely comprise six. However, Radio Times points out that the BBC have yet to confirm how many episodes they’ve ordered.
Bleeding Cool recently referred to In the Flesh as “this year’s best genre offering by the Beeb – at least to date, and in the UK – [that] easily leapfrogged Doctor Who in terms of intrigue, appeal and value of meaning”.
According to the series’ official blurb for season 2, the series will revisit “the cauldron of Roarton where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace. After the shocking events of series one, Kieren is hoping to get on with his second life but the arrival of new and explosive characters throws those plans into disarray. Battle lines are drawn and all will be judged.”
As to filming and transmission schedules, Den of Geek reports that the second run of episodes “is due to film later [in 2013] for planned transmission on BBC Three in 2014”.
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