After having read about if for some time on Twitter, it was during the competition between series, Radio Times 2014 TV Show Champion, where In The Flesh was running against Sherlock, that I took a look to the storyline, finally! In The Flesh won at the end, btw.
So I’ve watched the first 3 episodes of In The Flesh (ITF) on YouTube, thanks to the suggestion of a fan who sent me the links!
Then, I bought the DVD box with the two seasons together for my collection and watched the full series again and again….I got to have it in original!
I find In The Flesh so romantic and poetic, even if tragic! A different way of telling stories of zombies, I usually don’t like for some reasons! There’s a lot of irony, too. Only the British can joke like that on serious issues!
It was good to watch ITF knowing so little about the plot, in some way I avoided spoilers on Twitter (but a very interesting inspiring fan clip of gay kisses I saw on YT), so I enjoyed it better.
Can I define ITF a craft series? Refreshig the old idea of zombies, using just some locations with no need to complicated scenaries, expensive scifi, and with the help of an amazing make up, look what the British can do!!!
Despite ITF is far from being realistic (geez, such a situation would be weird!!), the story is made like it’s actually happening. The thing of the medication, flyers on how to put up make up and how to deal with the PDS sufferers, the support to their families – there’s even a commune where Amy and Simon met, that looks like a commune of the early ’70s – the HVF (Human Volunteer Force) a group created to protect the people of Roarton during the First Rising – a party, Victus, that has great resemblance with another party we know well – but ITF is also deeply religious, I’m not talking only about the icons that appear in the episodes, but about the meaning of the story – last but not least, the characters are well written and the cast so nice! There are some characters I wouldn’t stand in real life, but the actors who play them are excellent. Like the nasty Vicar Oddie, or Bill Macy, or Gary Kendal or the bigot clients of the Legion bar.
I suspect that the surnames of some characters were chosen to underline their nature or in homage to some icons.
And yet for once my favorite are not the villains, but the lovely main characters Kieren and Amy, because they are the black sheeps of the story, the different ones nobody like, and K’s sister Jem, played respectively by Luke Newberry, Emily Bevan and Harriet Cains!
While the parents don’t seem to be well connected to their son. They never want to face the truth, lost in their grief! They don’t seem to be able to help their children or themselves.
I like that the protagonist Kieren is gay and very sweet, but not quiet, he fights for his dignity. He has been an outsider all his life and even in his second life people don’t accept him as he is. I can’t help liking this kind of characters the most!
Amy is so cheerful, she wants to be loved, too, she is a lonely wise young woman who gives the series some of the most funny moments. The romance with Philip gives some of the most amusing and poetic moments.
Jem is a lovely sister, Kieren loves her deeply, she is the one he thinks about when he’s asked who he would like to meet first. She had to fight a hard war from very young age, but she couldn’t kill her own brother when he’s still a zombie (PDS sufferer, sorry).
Not forgetting that I found one of The Crimson Field ‘Lucky13’ again: I didn’t know David Walmsley was in the cast, he made me cry in the role of K’s best friend, the soldier Rick Macy! He’s also a good stage actor, I saw him at the Almeida in Our Town in October 2014.
But… were Kieren and Rick in love, or just friends? Just a bromance or something more? They would have been a nice couple! Some fans say it was an unrequited love, some other say they were in love but Rick couldn’t face his father and chose to join the Army. Some other prefer to see Kieren in love with Simon. I still don’t know which one I prefer…
Roarton, the fictional Lancashire village where the story takes place, seems a character itself. There are some stunning landscapes, while the buildings are somehow claustrophobic.
That’s even more true if we talk about Norfolk, a treatment centre where Kieren Walker received treatment.
InTheFlesh never arrived to Italy…of course…but I can’t think of it with dubbing! The best thing would be if they aired it in original with subtitles.
There’s another BBC petition to save it! #SaveInTheFlesh. Unbelievable!!! I know they got troubles, but they’re axing too many series!
Damn BBC! Let’s hope we can save ITF with the movie, since the third season is not going to happen!
I want to talk in details about this series: characters, episodes, thoughts on it soon…
For now, go to my page on In The Flesh special guest at the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival 2015
CAST & CREW TWITTER ACCOUNTS
(suggestions are welcome)
Luke Newberry @lukenewberry plays Kieren Walker
Harriet Cains @HarrietCains plays Jem Walker
Kevin Sutton @suttonkev plays Gary Kendal
Wunmi Mosaku @wunmo plays Maxine Martin
Steve Evets @steveevets26 plays Bill Macy
Dominic Mitchell @DomMitchell creator and writer of the series
I’ll post here the list of my favorite, asap!
It’s amazing how many fans this series got and to see the fan art dedicated to the main characters.
BBC Three official In The Flesh page bbc.co.uk
In The Flesh page on IMDB.com