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It’s Grimm Up North: Domestic Obscenity, Assimilation Anxiety and Medical Salvation in BBC Three’s In the Flesh

  • Amy C. ChambersEmail author
  • Hannah J. Elizabeth


In the Flesh is a darkly comic, cuttingly satirical and consciously ambivalent queer domestic horror drama set in a post-apocalyptic reimagining of our present. Proceeding from the view of the monsters, the series tracks the evolving relationship between the main protagonist Kieren, a queer Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferer (a medically controlled and self-aware [or conscious?] zombie) and the communities and identities which form his world. Mastered by the State through the medical machine (the National Health Service), Kieren and his fellow PDS sufferers live through an accelerated reimaging of the history of queer sexuality in Britain, allowing the series to critically examine the affective construction and maintenance of identity, exploring how we locate, assimilate, reject and perform identities within a claustrophobic British and specifically northern obscenely domestic setting.


National Health Service Domestic Setting Public Service Broadcaster Uncanny Valley British History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Centre for the History of ScienceTechnology and Medicine (CHSTM)University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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