In The Flesh is a BBC3 show about zombies. Reading that, you’d expect something akin to The Walking Dead or at least a horror movie. But In The Flesh uses the post-apocolyptic zombie theme as a conduit, rather than a shallow focus. A conduit for some of the most gripping, emotional, political, sensitive, complex, and intelligent drama I’ve seen in a long while. The main character, Kieren, is compelling and a joy to watch, as are the supporting characters, who all have their own arcs —lives, if you will. The showrunner gives so much credit to the viewer’s own intuition. Nothing is shoved in your face, and that makes the emotional impact of this show, and Kieren’s story, so much more intense. I can’t recommend it enough.
It currently has two seasons and I’m sure it would be secure for a third in a heartbeat, if it weren’t for the fact that BBC3, the channel it’s airing on, is in trouble. Save the channel, and I’m pretty confident the show will be safe too.
There’s a petition to save BBC3 and it already has over 200.000 signatures. It needs more. If you’re as excited about the show as I am, or if you want to give it a go, please sign the petition:
Not all monsters do monstrous things.
Eliot: Listen, I take thinly sliced turkey, all right? I pan-sear it with some Sweet Maui onions, all right? Then I put a slice of Dill Havarti cheese and another slice of an heirloom tomato. All that goes on an everything bagel, and I make my own garlic-and-green-onion cream-cheese spread. That’s forgettable? I don’t think so.