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Thursday, 28 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The new zombie drama In The Flesh will begin on Sunday 17th March at 10pm, the BBC announced today.

The three-parter, written by Dominic Mitchell and directed by Jonny Campbell, will fill the BBC Three slot vacated by supernatural drama Being Human, which ends on Sunday 10th March after a five-series run.

In The Flesh tells the story of zombie teenager Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry, and his reintegration into both the local community and the heart of his family four years after a zombie uprising.

After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were reanimated, and after months of rehabilitation and medication the zombies - now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers - are gradually being returned to their homes.

Since the passing of the PDS Protection Act, the government has set an agenda of acceptance and tolerance, but that agenda is at odds with the communities abandoned at the time of the rising and the bloody battle between zombies and humans that ensued.

Kieren returns to his home in the rural village of Roarton - a cauldron of brutal anti-zombie sentiment and the source of the "rotter"-hating Human Volunteer Force (HVF) - where he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him, and the flashbacks that continue to haunt him of what he did in his untreated state.

His parents, Steve and Sue, are undoubtedly pleased to see him but his sister, Jem, isn't so ready to pick up from where they left off.

Meanwhile, the HVF, led by violent Bill Macy and backed by local churchman Vicar Oddie, are ready to take action against any PDS sufferer reintegrated on their patch.
Steve Cooper and Marie Critchley play Kieren's parents and Harriet Cains is his sister, while Steve Evets portrays Macy and Kenneth Cranham is Oddie.

As reported earlier this week, a free preview screening of the first episode is taking place on Thursday 7th March in Salford.


UPDATE - 5pm: The first of three mock-government information videos has been released by the BBC as part of the show's pre-start publicity: