Sunday, October 28, 2012

New zombie drama In The Flesh for BBC3

In The Flesh, a new drama for BBC Three started filming last week in the North West of England.
Written by Dominic Mitchell the show is set to push the zombie genre into uncharted territory.

It stars Luke Newberry as teenager Kieren Walker who died four years previously, and his friends and family assumed they’d never see Kieren again. However shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated in one freak night; and now, after months of re-habilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

22 year old Luke (represented by Independent Talent) started acting as a child and was in the original London cast of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Stage Musical" in 2002; after a number of TV roles he then went on to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has recently filmed on ITV drama Lightfields.

He says of his new role: "I am really excited to be playing Kieren who is an amazingly complex character. He is on an unthinkable rollercoaster of a journey, one in which he has been given a second chance at life and he has to come to terms with how to deal with that. The characters may look like zombies but this is a very human story about people trying to survive."

Newcomer Harriet Cains (left) from the Nottingham-based Television Workshop plays Keiran's younger sister Jem, David Walmsley (represented by Curtis Brown) plays his best friend Rick Macy, and Emily Bevan plays fellow zombie Amy.

The cast also includes Alex Arnold from Skins, and Ricky Tomlinson, Steve Evets, and Kenneth Cranham.

Dominic Mitchell’s In The Flesh was discovered by Drama North through ‘Northern Voices’, a BBC Writersroom scheme.

With its central themes of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, denial, and the very essence of what it means to be alive or dead, In The Flesh is a complex but tender look at what happens when families get a second chance at mending their past and working together towards an unpredictable future.

BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett says: "It's a testament to Dominic Mitchell's fantastic script that some of the greats of UK drama are joining our exciting young actors for BBC Three's new zombie drama, In The Flesh. "

Director Jonny Campbell says: “From the moment I read the opening scene I was hooked. Dominic is an utterly fearless and instinctive young writer with an uncanny ability to tell a great story full of humour and humanity in a most original way. An elusive and rare combination in TV drama. What’s most exciting about In The Flesh is that it challenges our pre-conceptions about the standard zombie genre and in so doing almost certainly creates a new one.”

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