Since its second series finished in June 2014, fans of BBC Three’s post-zombie outbreak drama IN THE FLESH, written and created by Dominic Mitchell, have waited patiently for news on whether the cult show would be back for a third series. Today the BBC issued a formal statement confirming what many fans of the show – and even its creator - had been suspecting for some months. IN THE FLESH will not be returning for a third series. “BBC Three is very proud of the two award-winning series of IN THE FLESH,” read the statement. “However, given there is only budget for one original drama series a year on the channel, it won’t be returning. We loved the show but have to make hard choices to bring new shows through and create room for emerging talent. Huge thanks to the BAFTA award-winning writer Dominic Mitchell and the superb cast.”
The series, set in and around the village of Roarton, told of attempts to reintegrate infected survivors of a zombie outbreak, sufferers from Partially-Deceased Syndrome, back into the communities in which they were born but which, in their undead state, they had tried to destroy. Dominic Mitchell took to Twitter following the BBC announcement. “Sad news today. I’d like to thank the BBC, the incredible cast and crew, and the amazing fans for making and supporting IN THE FLESH.”
IN THE FLESH debuted as a three-part mini-series on BBC Three in March 2013, returning for its second and final six-episode series in May/June 2014. Unfortunately, the series never managed to engage a large BBC Three audience, its highest ratings being achieved for its first episode which was watched by nearly 700,000 viewers. By the time the final episode was broadcast last June only 300,000 viewers were still following the series.
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