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Why In The Flesh Is The Best Programme You’re Probably NOT Watching

by Emmy Griffiths Published on 9 May 2014
Why In The Flesh Is The Best Programme You’re Probably NOT Watching© BBC Pictures

Season 2 of the BAFTA winning British zombie series In The Flesh premiered on BBC this week, bringing us back to the world of the deceased Kieren Walker and his zombie-related angst. Since the show has been critically praised and fans will turn rabid to anyone who disses it, here are the top 7 reasons you should DEFINITELY check it out!

The storyline is weird (but good)

Basically all of the tomfoolery started when everyone who died in 2009 rose from their graves to gobble up the living. Fortunately a cure was developed, and the undead survivors are given cosmetics and contact lenses to conceal their zombieness and are released back into good society. And of course good society freaks out.

It’s basically Emmerdale with zombies

The brunt of the flesh-eating action is set in Roarton, a small village in the North of England. If you can picture Edna trying to carry a conversation with a dead person, you’ve probably got the tone of the show about right.

It’s got plenty of British humour

Much like Shaun of the Dead, In The Flesh has all of those awkward, overtly polite Britishisms that we know so well. Unlike The Walking Dead, the show feels much more plausible and closer to home.

It’s emblematic of English problems

The similarities to typical British prejudices are almost too obvious! There’s a party that is anti-zombie and is gaining political ground (cough, UKIP?), a threat of zombie terrorism ever lurking and a dangerous new drug all the (undead) kids are using.

The cast is ah-maz-ing

They will make you feel feelings, especially the main man Kieren, whose story of how he popped his clogs in the first place is slowly revealed in season 1 of the show (and it’s horrible!).

The storylines get pretty dark and creepy

It looks like season 2 is going to go to some dark places before the end of its six episode run. The crazed Vicar, prejudiced MP and the militant Undead Liberation Army are going to make sure of that.

You can catch up in no time

Series 1 is only three episodes long! Trust us, if you binge on this show you will NOT regret it!

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In The Flesh © BBC Pictures
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