In The Flesh is a apocalyptic drama that debuted on BBC Network in 2013.
When the show opens, we are introduced to suicide victim, Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), who is in the government treatment center four years after the day of “The Rising”. He along with other victims of the partially deceased syndrome are receiving treatment for their illnesses. They are also being prepared for their release, which was going to be several days from that time. The were given skin tone mousse and contact lenses to cover up their zombie appearance. Although they should have been happy, about going home, they all were very reluctant to leave the rehabilitation center.
Kieren experiences flashbacks of his time as a rotter that are more like nightmares because he killed and ate a living human, Lisa Lancaster (Riann Steele), who just happens to be his sister’s, Jem (Harriet Cains), friend. Jem is not so happy about Kieren’s homecoming because she witnessed him killing Lisa, which he does not know at this time.
Kieren’s parents, Sue (Marie Critchley) and Steve (Steve Cooper), are eagerly awaiting his release from the center even though the people of Roarton, Lancashire are not. Bill Macy (Steve Evets) is the leader of the HVF, which is a group that hates rotters and PDS sufferers and will do anything they can to wipe them all out. Bill’s biggest hatred is for Kieren because he was best friends with his son, Rick (David Walmsley), who died while serving in the military in Afghanistan.
Kieren’s first few days at home are filled with educating his parents, about how to administer his medication, neurottripteline and hiding from the HVF. It is later revealed that Jem is a member of the group and has no interest in having anything to do with Kieren.
One day, when Kieren is left at home alone, he decides to his gravesite, where he meets eccentric Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan), who is also a PDS sufferer. They go to the carnival and are having a good time, until Kieren is recognized by one of his old classmates. He begins to realize how much the sufferers are in danger and that they will not be accepted back into the human society. Amy is later forced out of the town because she refuses to cover up her zombie appearance.
Bill learns that Rick is found in Afghanistan and will be returning home in a couple of days, but unfortunately he is not alive. When Kieren finds this out, he will do whatever it takes to get to see him. Although Rick is glad to see him, Bill is not and later on tries to force Rick to kill him.
Jem begins to realize that the HVF is a group of cold hearted killers and she longer wants to be apart of it. She begins to accept Kieren as her brother again and tries to protect him from these evil doers, along with their parents.
Will Kieren and Rick ever be accepted as a gay PDS couple or will they be taken out by the HVF? Will the Roarton locals ever open up their arms to the PDS sufferers or will they shut them out for good?
In The Flesh is definitely unlike any apocalyptic show I have ever watched before starting with the day of “the rising”. Dominic Mitchell is a genius and has outdone himself with the writing of this series. He has found an unique way of composing a screenplay that is absolutely superb, without cheesy dialogue. He and Jonny Campbell have done a great job in showing the apocalypse story to the world in a whole different light. Luke Newberry did very well in his role, as well as the other actors. I was pulled to this series because of the soundtrack, “Devil Town”, by Daniel Johnston, which is played on the trailer, but not during the show. Hope they pick up more of Daniel’s songs because he is a hidden genius that does not get enough credit for his work. I absolutely loved and enjoyed every minute of this series and cannot wait to watch season two. Amazon please step in and give us a season three please! I feel it deserves a 9.5 out of 10.