In the Flesh script
In the Flesh (2013)
Synopsis: In the Flesh is a BAFTA award-winning BBC Three supernatural drama series starring Luke Newberry. Written and created by Dominic Mitchell, the show began airing on BBC Three on 17 March 2013 with the first series consisting of three one-hour-long episodes. Set after "The Rising", which is the show's take on a zombie apocalypse, the drama focuses throughout on reanimated teenager Kieren Walker and his return to his local community.

1 INT. SUPERMARKET - NIGHT 0 1

CLOSE ON A JUMBO PACK OF MONSTER MUNCH - A female hand

reaches into frame and plucks the crisps from the shelf.

MEGA PACK OF HULA HOOPS- Swipe... SIX PACK OF KIT KATS -

Again the hand swipes the chocolate.

THE MYSTERY SHOPPER’S TROLLEY - Overloaded with comfort

foods. Then we spot something peaking out of the mountains of

junk:
An old, battered SEMI AUTOMATIC RIFLE.

PAN up to LISA LANCASTER (18) pushing the shopping trolley

along. A normal shopper. A normal shopper with a semi

automatic rifle. A normal shopper in a DIRTY ARMY SURPLUS

JACKET. A normal shopper with a blood-encrusted BLUE ARMBAND

on her right bicep. The band reads “Human Volunteer Force”. A

normal shopper in what seems to be a completely deserted

supermarket.

LISA:

(On Walkie Talkie)

Thought you said you were on a

diet, mate? (Beat) Well I’ve picked

you up some shortbread.

WALKIE TALKIE:

(CRACKLING NOISE FROM WALKIE

TALKIE)

LISA:

No, they don’t have those. They’ve

got caramels. If you stick them

both together in yer gob it’s the

same thing.

Lisa gets to a long aisle. She looks down it. Why not, it’s

safe in here. She revs up. Then bolts it, pushing the trolley

full pelt. She jumps on the back (like she used to do as a

kid). The trolley freewheels it down the aisle at speed. Lisa

on the back. Face radiant. Alive. Free from...

CRASH.

From behind her. Lisa cranes her neck to see what could have

made that sound. The trolley wheels HIT something lying on

the floor. The trolley goes FLYING, as does Lisa. She hits

the ground HARD. Her left foot twists in on itself. Lisa lies

on the floor for a moment, covered in bars of chocolate and

crisp packets...

A MUNCHING SOUND.

Lisa opens her eyes. Turns to see what her trolley hit. It

hit a DEAD BODY.

(CONTINUED)

IN THE FLESH by Dominic Mitchell EP 1 FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 27.11.12 2.

1 CONTINUED:
1

The dead body is a fellow Human Volunteer Force fighter.

Cradling the dead FIGHTER is A YOUNG FEMALE (18). We will get

to know this zombie as AMY DYER (18)

Lisa focuses and sees that The Young Female is cradling the

fighter’s head so as to more easily EAT HIS BRAINS. The Young

Female looks up and stares at Lisa with pin prick eyes. The

dead eye gaze of a ZOMBIE. Lisa stumbles to her feet. The

Young Female Zombie does likewise.

Lisa looks around, searching for her rifle. Spots it inches

off to her right. The Young Female Zombie jerks forward. Lisa

dives for the rifle. Grabs it as she hits the floor and

points it in the zombie’s direction...

BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG.

The Young Female Zombie’s been hit. But only in the shoulder.

Lisa takes careful aim and pulls the trigger. CLICK. No

bullets. The Young Female Zombie launches forward. Lisa

scrambles up, hobbles fast, her twisted left foot dragging

behind her. She turns into the frozen food aisle.

A blood curdling ROAR. Lisa looks behind her. The Young Woman

Zombie is keeping pace, shuffling, but shuffling with speed.

SMACK. Lisa’s hit something. Someone. She looks up at the

person she’s bumped into... A YOUNG MALE ZOMBIE. Teeth bared.

Hunger in his pin prick eyes.

DOCTOR SHEPHERD (V.O.)

Kieren.

Lisa screams. The Young Male Zombie (KIEREN) grabs Lisa’s

head and...

DOCTOR SHEPHERD (V.O.)

Kieren.

SMASH CUT TO:

2 INT. PDS TREATMENT CENTRE - DAY 1 2

KIEREN WALKER (18), the Young Male Zombie from the previous

scene, now dressed in a standard hospital uniform, JUMPS back

out of his chair. He’s scared and disoriented. He’s just had

a vivid medication flashback. DOCTOR Shepherd (54) his

doctor, who’s holding a medication injector gun in his hand

(obviously just administered a shot), gets up and goes to

Kieren, holds onto him.

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Dominic Mitchell

Dominic Mitchell is an English playwright and screenwriter. He is the creator and writer of the BBC 3 television series In the Flesh. Dominic studied BA (Hons) Film & Video at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design in Farnham (now the University for the Creative Arts). more…

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