WATCH: ‘In the Flesh’ Star Luke Newberry on the Future of the BAFTA-Winning Miniseries

Luke Newberry at the BAFTA TV and Craft Nominees Party on April 24. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)

Luke Newberry at the BAFTA TV and Craft Nominees Party on April 24. (Photo: Press Association via AP Images)

BBC AMERICA’s In the Flesh won the BAFTA TV award for Best Miniseries on Sunday (May 18), beating The Fall, The Great Train Robbery, and Southcliffe. In the Flesh lead and BAFTA nominee Luke Newberry spoke to Anglophenia’s Al Moloney about how the innovative British “genre” program shatters the formula of a “zombie drama.”

“I think [writer] Dominic Mitchell has created a whole new genre really,” Newberry says. “It totally goes against something you’d expect that involves zombies, and it’s made something high-concept and unrealistic very human and real.”

In the Flesh follows Kieren Walker, a teenage suicide victim who’d risen from the grave as part of a zombie apocalypse that terrorized the country. He is rehabilitated and reintroduced to society through a government program, and he must confront the guilt and shame of his new status. The series is currently airing its second installment on BBC AMERICA, and Newberry says there’s a lot of ground for In the Flesh to cover in the future. Watch the interview:

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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