In The Flesh - Zombie of the Week

Posted by Grey Friday, May 31, 2013

What is going to happen in the aftermath of an actual catastrophic Zombie Apocalypse when a cure has been found? BBC explores the grim and gritty Post-Zombie Apocalypse with In The Flesh, easily one of the most innovative high-concept television series we have seen in a while. 

Being obvious enthusiasts of the zombie sub-culture here at The Daily Zombies, we find 2013 to be a particularly intriguing year for zombie, as a sub-genre of horror. From the continued success of AMC's consistently ratings records-breaking live-action TV adaptation of the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, The Walking Dead, the modest zom-rom-com (Zombie Romantic Comedy) Warm Bodies, directed by Jonathan Levine and based on Isaac Marion's popular novel of the same name, World War Z, the upcoming live action adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by German-Swiss film-maker Marc Forster and actor Brad Pitt, to "Cargo," the deeply moving short film directed by Australian film-makers Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke, 2013 has been stellar for the undead. And now, we have BBC's incredibly original and innovative three-part television series, In the Flesh, bringing the zombie sub-culture to a bold new realm as writer/creator Dominic Mitchell seek to answer the question: What is going to happen in the aftermath of an actual catastrophic Zombie Apocalypse when a cure has been found? And as one can imagine, it certainly isn't happily ever after.

Here's the extremely crisp official description of the television series: "Set after a zombie uprising, treated zombies are rehabilitated back into society."

Exploring the story of Kieran, a rehabilitated zombie recovered from the "Partially Diseased Syndrome" (PDS) who has returned to his family alive and kicking (with the aid of prosthetic make-ups to help others in accepting him) but wrecked with guilt over what he did during his time as a full-fledged zombie. But will the small town he lived and grown up in accept him with open arms? Are the demons purely from the sins of his undead past or are there something else, waiting in silence for the opportunity to revert the natural order of the world? Who is the victim and who is the monster: the reformed zombie or the vengeful human?

Taking on what we only glimpsed in a light-hearted manner in Edgar Wright' 2004 zombie comedy Shawn of the Dead and Warm Bodies, In the Flesh is incredibly original and we can't wait to check out the critically acclaimed television series when it hit US next week on BBC America.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers from the television series.

The promotional clips for the television series.

Here's the full official synopsis fo the television series:

It follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see Kieren again. But shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies - now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers - are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran arrives, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state.


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