BBC America’s three night zombie mini-series In The Flesh premieres Thursday, June 6 at 10/9c and will air over three consecutive nights. Fans of The Walking Dead will have a chance to see a wholly different approach to the zombie genre.
What’s so great about In The Flesh is the way it deals with the undead is so radically different that people who aren’t usually drawn to zombie shows will find this completely engrossing. The show has found a way to appeal to a much broader audience than more typical takes on the trope and it’s reflected in the fact that In The Flesh has gotten a second season order.
Don’t believe me? Then check out the first three minutes of episode one and even in that short amount of time you’ll see just how different In The Flesh can be.
See what I mean? Have you ever seen a zombie in therapy before? Didn’t think so.
And this clip is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being different. I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, but it’s easy to see how In The Flesh has much broader appeal. They’re really two very different shows, each with their own merits.
IN THE FLESH 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.
In The Flesh airs on BBC America over three consecutive nights beginning Thursday, June 6 at 10/9c.