‘Walking Dead’ in the UK? BBC Launching Its Own Zombie Series
After all, isn’t it about time that the UK stole a TV show from us, rather than the other way around? All kidding aside, it looks like The BBC’s upcoming post-zombie uprising drama will borrow less from AMC’s pop culture smash ‘The Walking Dead,’ and more from UK’s own hit zombie “Rom-Zom-Com” ‘Shaun of the Dead.’
According to a report from Den of Geek, The BBC has opted to pick up three installments of a 90-minute post-apocalyptic drama, titled ‘In the Flesh.’ The series is to be written by fledgling scribe Dominic Mitchell, who was discovered as part of a BBC writers’ room competition ‘Northern Voices.’ Says the show’s official description:
[In the Flesh] begins after the Zombie Uprising has been quelled by the Human Volunteer Force and life is starting to return to normal. Any surviving zombies have been captured, medicated, held in an NHS holding facility in Norfolk and are being slowly re-integrated back into society, with the help of contact lenses and cover up mousse. The story follows teenager Kieran Walker and boldly goes where no zombie drama has gone before.
The series will air on BBC Three, which also plays host to fellow sci-fi drama ‘Being Human.’ Additionally, the three 90-minute installment represents a format previously made successful by ‘Doctor Who‘ show-runner Steven Mofffat‘s adaptation of ‘Sherlock,’ staring upcoming ‘Star Trek 2‘ baddie Benedict Cumberbatch.
What say you? Does ‘In the Flesh’ sound like it could be the ‘Shaun of Dead’ style answer to AMC’s notoriously dour ‘The Walking Dead?’ Tell us if you’ll find a way to watch!