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article imageIn the Flesh: Filming begins on season 2

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Season 2 of “In the Flesh”, the BBC “zombie-rehabilitation” drama series that stars Luke Newberry has now begun filming, it has been revealed.
“The new six-part series, due to air in 2014, started shooting last Monday in the North West [of England],” SFX has reported.
In the Flesh was created by Dominic Mitchell and stars Luke Newberry as Kieren Walker, a “zombie teenager” who is actually suffering from PDS (partially deceased syndrome).
It was originally commissioned through one of the British public broadcaster’s new-talent schemes – Mitchell having been chosen through BBC Writersroom Northern Voices.
Season 1, comprising three 60-minute episodes, tells the story of how Kieren who, four years after his suicide, is integrated back into the heart of his family and the local community, in his home village of Roarton. 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.
At six hour-long episodes, season 2 will be double the length of season 1. Once again written by Mitchell, the series returns to Roarton, “where the living and undead are now co-existing in comparative peace, and PDS sufferer Kieren is trying to keep a low profile while building up an ‘escape fund’. Things are rather less peaceful beyond the village boundaries, however. Thanks to a wave of PDS terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army, Pro-Living Party Victus is surfing a wave of increased popularity – and the resulting crossfire spells bad news for Kieren.”
Speaking to SFX magazine this week, Mitchell said, “Returning to Roarton village has been a real joy, revisiting old characters and inventing new ones, entangling their lives and their loves,”
Season 1 of In the Flesh also starred Ricky Tomlinson as Ken Burton, Steve Evets as Bill Macey, David Walmsley as Kieren's boyfriend, Rick Macey, Emily Bevan as Amy Dyer, a fellow PDS sufferer and friend of Kieren, Harriet Cains as his sister, Jem Walker and Kenneth Cranham as Vicar Oddie.
Such was the success of the first three episodes – which premiered in the UK in March 2013 – and the positive vibe from fans, that BBC 3 commissioned a second set of episodes within a couple of weeks.
Vicar Oddie, Amy and Jem are all expected to return for season 2, of which, Mitchell says, his hope is that it “will have something for everyone: with high octane genre thrills running alongside emotional, hard hitting domestic drama, with plenty of black humour to boot.”
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