BBC Three’s fascinating and unexpectedly moving horror drama depicts life after “The Rising”. In the limelight is the very complicated 18-year-old Kieren “Kier” or “Ren” Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet), a Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferer who reluctantly returns to his hometown of Roarton, Lancashire, now a hostile community ruled by prejudice and fear of these reformed “rotters”. Torn with remorse and memories from the time when he initially yielded to his zombie urges to hound and feed on humans with his hunting partner Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan, PhoneShop, The Thick of It), he was subjected to months of rehabilitation and medication at a special, defended unit and is on government-supplied drugs that strangle the monster within.
First and foremost, Kieren must come to terms with how he died. The youngster committed suicide five years ago, when his best friend Rick Macy (David Walmsley, Doctors, The Smoke) died in Afghanistan. He is faced with his wary parents Steve (Coronation Street, Emmerdale) and Sue Walker (Heartbeat, Line of Duty) and his little sister Jemima “Jem” Walker (Harriet Cains), now a member of the vigilantes group, Human Volunteer Force, who rather kill all who have PDS than learn to cohabit with them. Unlike Kieren, Amy is unaffected by her actions when she was rabid and believes that most people waste their lives waiting to die. The compelling plot thickens once Rick also returns home to a father who exercises a ruthless power and control over the community as no other than the leader of the local violent anti-zombie crusade. Sad to say, Bill Macy (Steve Evets) will leave his now Frankenstein-looking son out in the cold.
First Aired: March 17, 2013
Air Day: Sunday
Air Time: 22:00
Runtime: 60 minutes
Network: BBC Three
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science-Fiction