In The Flesh Start Date AnnouncedBookmark and Share

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:





Another 33 Performances For Hitchhiker's TourBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Another 33 performances have been added to the upcoming tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!

They will be staged at 28 venues in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, with the details as follows (NB: Not all venues have the show on their website yet or have a dedicated link for the show) :
Earlier this month, 16 performances were also added to the tour, which starts at The Hackney Empire in London on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September.

The show has been adapted from the Douglas Adams novels by Dirk Maggs, who is also the director.





Sherlock In Five LanguagesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A video showing a scene from the BBC One series Sherlock in five languages has been made to promote the show at a global market.

ACC Liverpool is currently playing host to some 700 TV buyers from around the world at the BBC Worldwide Showcase.

The video shows a clip from the first episode of Series 1 - A Study In Pink, first broadcast on 25th July 2010 - and starts in English then flows seamlessly into Italian then Russian, Spanish, and French before finishing back in English again.

It also highlights the fact that the show has won more than 26 international awards, been sold to more than 180 territories, been the highest-rating drama on France 4 for more than a year, and been the highest-rating programme for TNT in Germany since 2007.

Filming on Series 3 of Sherlock is due to start next month.







Being Human: No Care, All ResponsibilityBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Next Sunday sees the broadcast of the penultimate episode of Being Human with all hell poised to be let loose.

Written by Sarah Dollard and directed by Daniel O'Hara, No Care, All Responsibility guest-stars Kathryn Prescott as Natasha.

Tom falls for a damsel in distress called Natasha when she runs into the hotel looking for a safe haven.

But Natasha comes to the attention of Hal for a darker reason when she offers him a way to control his bloodlust and prevent him from killing innocents.

Meanwhile, Alex is positive there's something suspicious about hotel resident Captain Hatch. But the more she investigates, the deeper into danger she gets.

Damien Molony plays Hal, Michael Socha is Tom, Kate Bracken portrays Alex, and Phil Davis is Captain Hatch.

The episode is the fifth in this final series, and pictures from it were released by the BBC today:



No Care, All Responsibility airs on BBC Three on Sunday 3rd March at 10pm.




In The Flesh Free Preview To Be HeldBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
A free preview of the first episode of new BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh is to take place in Salford next week.

The screening - to be followed by a question-and-answer session with writer Dominic Mitchell and director Jonny Campbell - has been arranged by BBC Writersroom. It was through the BBC Writersroom scheme Northern Voices that Mitchell's script was discovered then developed, commissioned, and produced by BBC Drama North.

The three-parter is set in the fictional village of Roarton, four years after a zombie uprising, and tells the story of teenager Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry, and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. A BBC statement said:
With its central themes of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, denial, and the very essence of what it means to be alive or dead, In The Flesh is a complex but tender look at what happens when families get a second chance at mending their past and working together towards an unpredictable future.
The screening and Q&A session - with Mitchell and Campbell in conversation with Kate Rowland, the BBC's creative director of new writing - will be held at the Digital Performance Lab, University of Salford, MediaCity UK on Thursday 7th March, starting at 6.30pm. Attendees are being encouraged to come as zombies, and although this is purely optional a prize will be given to "the best zombified audience member".

The free tickets can be booked here on a first-come, first-served basis up to the day before the screening.

A trailer for the series has also been released by the BBC (NB: Contains scenes that some people may find upsetting):


A broadcast date for the start of the drama is yet to be announced.




Neverwhere Radio Adaptation Start Date RevealedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 February 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC's radio adaptation of the urban fantasy TV serial Neverwhere - created by Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry - will start airing next month, it has been announced.

It was shown as a six-part series on BBC2 in 1996, starring - among others - Peter Capaldi, Hywel Bennett, Paterson Joseph, Tamsin Greig, and Earl Cameron, and brought out as a tie-in novel by Gaiman. Set in the magical world of "London Below" that co-exists with the more familiar city ("London Above"), it subsequently appeared as a comic-book series and has been staged a number of times too.

Now it has been turned into a six-part series for radio - adapted by Dirk Maggs, who has also co-directed it with producer Heather Larmour - and will begin on Radio 4 on Saturday 16th March with an hour-long instalment, to be followed by five half-hour episodes on the digital station Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18th March, according to Radio Times.

The latest adaptation stars James McAvoy in the lead role of Richard Mayhew, with Christopher Lee as the Earl of Earl's Court, Natalie Dormer as Door, David Harewood as the Marquis de Carabas, Sophie Okonedo as Hunter, Benedict Cumberbatch as The Angel Islington, Anthony Head as Mr Croup, David Schofield as Mr Vandemar, Bernard Cribbins as Old Bailey, Romola Garai as Jessica, Andrew Sachs as Tooley, George Harris as Abbot, Don Gilet as Fulingous, Ruislip, and Blackfriar, Abdul Salis as Sable, Sump, Clarence, and Homeless Man, Paul Chequer as Gary and Guard 2, Lucy Cohu as Lamia, Yasmin Paige as Anaesthesia, Tenant 2, and Match Girl, Johnny Vegas as Lord Ratspeaker, and Karen Archer as Sylvia, Old Woman, Dream Hawker, and Mother.

Last November, Gaiman commented:
Christopher Lee is going to be saying lines I wrote. This makes me happier than I have any right to be.