The much-anticipated second series of award-winning BBC Three drama In The Flesh will return to UK screens in the first week of May, ahead of co-producer BBC America’s transmission on 10 May.
Over six episodes, In The Flesh propels us back to the hotbed of Roarton nine months on, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace. Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferer, Kieren (Luke Newberry) is still struggling to find self-acceptance, and is keeping his head down, squirreling money into his ‘escape fund’ for Paris. Only problem is, he can’t escape himself.
In the wider world, fear is in the air, provoked by radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, and extremism linked to the Undead Liberation Army. Scarier still, there are whispers about a Second Rising.
When explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA descend in Roarton, Kieren’s dreams of escape are thrown into disarray. Victus MP Maxine Martin (Wunmi Mosaku), is stirring up anti-PDS sentiment in the village, while charismatic ULA disciple, Simon (Emmett J Scanlan), wants Kieren to stay for different reasons altogether.
As Kieren increasingly finds himself in Maxine and Simon’s crossfire, tensions re-ignite within the Walker family, where schoolgirl Jem (Harriet Cains) is facing her own demons, struggling to come to terms with vivid flashbacks from her time in the HVF (Human Volunteer Force). Kieren’s only saving grace is the return of his old hunting partner Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan)… but has his happy-go-lucky BDFF (Best Dead Friend Forever) been radicalized by the ULA?
As the series progresses, we follow Kieren, his friends and family, as he wrestles with his identity, and his own and other people’s beliefs. One thing’s for certain, a quiet life is no longer an option.
Read a preview of what to expect from series two - coming soon to BBC Three.
Two major new additions complicating Kieren’s life are Wunmi Mosaku’s Maxine Martin - the newly-elected MP for Roarton Valley and a member of ‘pro-life’ political party Victus - and Simon, a charismatic disciple of the Undead Prophet played by Emmett Scanlan.
"The thing is about Maxine Martin… she’s not a villain," Mitchell says. "She is the antagonist of the piece - and Simon is too in a weird way - but no-one’s ‘the bad guy’ - everyone is doing things for their own particular reasons and their own beliefs."
Maxine and Simon are “two sides of the same coin” with both looking to rouse support for their cause. “I always thought there would be a backlash to PDS sufferers and Maxine Martin is the backlash - a force to be reckoned with.”
Mitchell continues: “Simon is then the yin to Maxine Martin’s yang - he’s very pro PDS rights and very proud of who he is. People being scared of ‘the other’ is a big theme of the show and I always wanted to look at it through a political lens.”
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Emmett’s character Simon died of a heroin overdose and coming back to life has given him a new purpose in life. He’s got a new sense of pride and his new identity makes him believe in something greater than himself.
He has spurned the cover-up make-up and encouraged his lover Amy (Emily Bevan) to do the same. They met when she left Roarton and she returns with him. He’s had a big effect on her.
Simon has a different look on humanity because he was one of the first few of the undead to be captured and experimented on. Emmett wears a piece on his back that is covered in scars with skin stapled together. Those scars affect how he sees the world and interacts with others.*
* I’ve seen pictures of Emmett’s make-up on his spine and it took hours in the make up chair and is very gruesome but amazing to look at, especially where the spine hasn’t been stapled together well! It looks pretty horrific if that is the result of him being experimented on.
Emmett Scanlan in Guardians of the Galaxy (@ 1min54)