TV REVIEW: In the Flesh, Series 1, Episode 1

inthefleshBBC Three’s new show explores the aftermath of the 2009 zombie rising, with the zombies – or to be politically correct, Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferers – now being integrated back into a society that doesn’t want them.


The main character of the show is PDS sufferer Kieren Walker (Luke Newbury), who after being ‘treated’ for being a zombie is being returned back to his village of Roarton and to his parents Steve and Sue, and his sister Jem. Roarton was the first village to establish the Human Volunteer Force (HVF) to defend against the zombies (or Rotters as the HVF call them), and despite the PDS Act (which forbids the killing of PDS sufferers), they are still very much a force to be reckoned with. The integral members being: Bill Macy, Vicar Oddie, Philip Wilson, and Kieren’s little sister Jem.

The shows starts off with Kieren in a huge government medical facility being told that he is ready to go home. “I don’t feel ready,” he says, to which the doctor responds: “That is why you are ready, because you feel.” PDS sufferers are given a drug which they legally have to take every day, which artificially stimulates certain cells in the brain they can’t make anymore and this helps to maintain normal brain functions.

The first 15-20 minutes of the show feels quite slow, as there is a lot of background detail to set. However, once Kieren returns home (smuggled under his parents coats) the tension starts to mount. It’s clear that the HVF are very much in charge in Roarton and are not going to be happy about having a ‘rotter’ in their village. Due to this, Kieren is a virtual prisoner in his own home, so it’s not long before he is on the internet looking at the details provided to him to him by another PDS sufferer he met in the facility, told only they are details from ‘someone he can trust.’

By the end of the episode, after much info gathering by the HVF, the episode ends with a moving but shocking act of violence – proving to us just how far the HVF will go to ‘protect’ their village.

In the Flesh doesn’t pull any punches and with a lot of violence and gore in this, don’t go mistaking it for Shaun of the Dead. This is a lot grittier, with the tension building and no humour to break it up a bit.

As the show has only three episodes in total, any story lines are going to be resolved very quickly. Now that the background has been set, I can see the next few episodes throwing you  right into the action and not letting up until the very end. It feels like a big war between the HVF and the ‘rotters’ is going to kick off again in Roarton and it will be interesting to see who ends up on either side.

If you want a new series to watch that will move you and make you think, then watch this. However if you want something nice and fluffy to watch before bed – then maybe watch something else as this might keep you up all night.

Rating: 4.5/ 5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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One comment

  1. michelle holder /

    Hi there!
    I thought In the Flesh has possibilities, i’m a huge fan of zombies, vampires etc and my daughter too, but not sure it could quite get there in only 3 episodes, good luck though 🙂

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