In The Flesh cancelled by BBC Three after budget cuts


Amy (Emily Bevan), Kieren (Luke Newberry) and Simon (Emmett J Scanlan)

BBC Three has cancelled its supernatural drama series In The Flesh.

The second series of the show ended last May with just over half a million people watching the finale.

The story revolved around teenager Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry, who came back to life after a zombie apocalypse and returned to school.

"Given there is only budget for one original drama series a year on the channel it won't be returning," said the BBC Three Twitter feed.

"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 also starred Ricky Tomlinson, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley and Kenneth Cranham, who played widowed Vicar Oddie.

Speaking on Twitter, Luke Newberry said: "Thank you to the entire cast & crew of #InTheFlesh for making it so special- and the fans for all your incredible support! X."

The show won best television mini-series at the Baftas last year and creator Dominic Mitchell got a Bafta for best drama writer at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

It was announced last year that BBC Three was moving online.

The proposal to drop the channel from TV still has to be approved by the group which runs the corporation on behalf of viewers, the BBC Trust.

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