See 1st intriguing pics from BBC's ambitious new zombie series

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Yep. Zombies are definitely the new vamps, and the BBC is trying to cash in on the Walking Dead craze by developing its very own zombie series called In the Flesh; and we finally have the very first intriguing pics here.

If some of you will recall, we first told you about the new series back in May. Back then, the series sounded to us like the perfect mashup of that horror-comedy film Shaun of the Dead and AMC's The Walking Dead.

The script for the new BBC Three series was written by Dominic Mitchell, who was discovered through a writer's-room competition.

Here's the story:

"In The Flesh is the story of teenager Kieren Walker and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his death four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see Kieren again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated in one freak night; and now, after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

With its central themes of redemption, forgiveness, acceptance, denial, and the very essence of what it means to be alive or dead, In The Flesh is a complex but tender look at what happens when families get a second chance at mending their past and working together towards an unpredictable future.

Set in the fictional village of Roarton, In The Flesh started filming on Sunday 21 October and is shot around the North West of England. The cast also includes Alex Arnold (Alex), Steve Cooper (Steve Walker), Marie Critchley (Sue Walker), Stephen Thompson (Philip Wilson), Sandra Hugget (Shirley Wilson), Gerard Thompson (Dean), Kevin Sutton (Gary), John Owen-Jones (Keith), Karen Henthorn (Janet Macy), Oliver Birch (Giles Weir), Steve Garti (Duncan Lancaster), Juliet Ellis (Patty Lancaster)."

We don't know about you, but the premise for In the Flesh also reminds us of that zombie TV show CBS passed on a couple of years back called Babylon Fields. It also got that Shaun of the Dead vibe to it. Don't you guys agree?

So, do you believe that In the Flesh has the potential to be the next hit zombie series? Or do you think it'll be a pile of rotten flesh before the end of the first season?

(via SFX)