Just as we were preparing an article on the next plans for #SaveInTheFlesh, BBC3 announced on their twitter account that the show won’t be coming back for a third season.
“BBC Three is very proud of the two award-winning series of In the Flesh. However, given there is only budget for one original drama series a year on the channel it won’t be returning. 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” (@bbcthree)
In The Flesh fandom has been one of the hardest working fandoms of the last few months. #SaveInTheFlesh could be categorised as one of the biggest fan movements of 2014. The little show that started on BBC3 back in 2013 as an alternative POV at zombie apocalypses, has built an incredibly strong and passionate fandom. They’ve got remarkable media attention, they’ve recruited a lot of new fans to build a pretty impressive fandom and they’ve got the support of the cast and crew via social media.
And it’s really no surprise, aside from being one of the few shows that could actually touch on delicate subjects such as mental illness, species/race discrimination and homosexuality, In The Flesh is also a very well-made show with very interesting and original touches. The first two seasons are just brilliant and, as a matter of fact, the show features in our 5 shows you have to start watching this year article. The show is just refreshing and something that we’d recommend anyone who’s looking forward to starting a new and easy-to-catch-up show.
We’re also talking about one of the few shows that had an amazing relationship fandom-TBTP/cast. In The Flesh fan and Twitter user @OccupyY0urMind explained that “In the Flesh being a small show, most of the cast answer our tweets or favorite them on twitter. Sometimes I send artworks to Dominic Mitchell and he always leaves an opinion or even shares them, he always takes the time to thank the fandom for what they do”.
The fandom did everything that was in their hands to spread the word, from creating amazing fan art to starting the well-known #SaveInTheFlesh Social Media Sunday, in which they tried to make their cause known as much as they could on the last Sunday of every month.
Before the sad news was released today, @0ccupyYourMind also stated the following: “I don’t want people to think that I am speaking on their behalf but from what I have seen lately, it seems like the fandom feels that BBC Three has given up on ITF: ignoring the tweets they get, announcing that they are going to air a new zombie show… BBC Trust isn’t answering any question either. Which is why we have started to tweet with the tag #ITFNeedsAHome to other channels like NetflixUk, Channel4, BBC2, BBC1, AmazonVideoUK, ABC …”
Similarly to what The Tomorrow People fans did, the In The Flesh fandom are far from stopping their fight. There are too many questions left unanswered and it’d be a shame to let such a great show go to waste. That is why fans are continuing their #ITFNeedsAHome campaign by searching for other networks that might want to pick up their beloved show.
If you’re interested in supporting this project, you can join their #saveintheflesh campaign FB page. BBC3 have also suggested leaving your (polite) complaints here. You can also join the #ITFNeedsAHome hashtag for further conversation.