In the Flesh (2013– )
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In an alternative Britain, zombies are being rehabilitated into society by the government. These sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome who can be saved are given flesh-tinted make-up and... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Shepherd
James Foster ...
Treatment Assistant
Jem Walker
Janet Macy
Juliet Ellis ...
Patty Lancaster
Shirley Wilson
Susan Twist ...
Mrs. Bennett
Lee Toomes ...


In an alternative Britain, zombies are being rehabilitated into society by the government. These sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome who can be saved are given flesh-tinted make-up and contact lenses to mask their situation though the vigilante Human Volunteer Force is anxious to do away with them. Young Kieren Walker,one of the sufferers,returns home to Roarton for rehabilitation,whilst his sister Jem is a member of the HVF led by fanatical Bill Macy and hate preacher Oddie. Even driving Kieren home his loving parents Steve and Sue risk an encounter with another vigilante Ken though friendly nurse Shirley shows them how to administer medication to keep their boy 'normal' whilst Shirley's son Philip is a fervent HVF devotee anxious to prove himself. Kieren himself decides to join the Undead Liberation Army but Oddie and Macy are onto him and it is Jem who saves him by diverting them towards another target. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 March 2013 (UK)  »

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In the room where their parents are waiting for Kieren, a poster can be seen with the slogan "We Understand Partially Deceased Syndrome", credited to Halperin & Weston. Victor Halperin and Garnett Weston are the director and writer of White Zombie (1932), the first feature length zombie film. See more »


Kieren refers to "gial" (pronouncing it "jee-al") cells, which are vital for neurological health. The correct term is "glial" (pronounced "glee-al") cells. See more »


Steve Walker: If you plan any of that crap again, young lady, you're going to be seriously grounded.
Jem Walker: Instead of what, Dad? Hilariously grounded?
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Solid start to a new BBC horror drama
18 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set four years after the dead rose from the ground and started killing the living people are getting on with their lives again. Things aren't the same of course; many people are members of Human Volunteer Force, a group he fought back and are determined to keep on fighting despite government assurances that the zombies have been treated and no longer pose a threat. Kieron is one such person; he is preparing to return to his family who live in a stronghold of the now officially disbanded HVF; this involves wearing contact lens, flesh coloured makeup and a daily injection into his spine. His parents are happy to have him back but his younger sister is less happy as she is in the local HVF. Nobody else knows about his return but it is clear that if his presence is discovered he will be killed!

After BBC3's previous horror drama, 'Being Human' ended I suspected this may be more of the same… especially as the opening scene started off in a fairly amusing way with a young woman crashing into a zombie with a shopping trolley. It quickly became apparent that this was very different when she is killed by the person who is to become the protagonist. Judging by this opening episode it isn't the zombies (or sufferers of 'Partially Deceased Syndrome' as they are called here) who are going to be the villains; it is the humans who wish to eliminate them all whether they have been treated or not. Their bigotry can be taken as a metaphor for the fear of diseases like AIDS, racism or homophobia but that isn't overstated and might not even be deliberate. The cast, which includes a couple of well-known actors do a good job and the slightly washed out tone adds to the downbeat feel of the story. Overall I'd say that while this wasn't quite what I was expecting it was a promising start and I will certainly continue watching.

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