Bafta for north Lancashire zombie drama writer

Kieren Walker in the fictional Lancashire village Roarton, in In The Flesh

Dominic Mitchell

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A scriptwriter from north Lancashire village has scooped a BAFTA award for his supernatural TV drama In The Flesh.

Dominic Mitchell, 34, who was born and raised in Yealand Redmayne, beat off competition from the writers of hits such as Last Tango In Halifax and Broadchurch to triumph in the BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Sunday.

Dominic, who set the plot of his BBC 3 drama in a Lancashire village, had previously won the ‘breakthrough’ category at the same awards event in 2013.

After the win, he took to Twitter to say: “Thank you for all the kind words on the @BAFTA. #InTheFlesh fans the best in the world. Thank you for all your support. Means so much.”

A second extended series of the show, comprising six one-hour episodes, will begin on BBC 3 on Sunday at 10pm. It will be broadcast in the USA from May 10.

The drama is set in a fictional Lancashire village Roarton after a ‘zombie apocalypse’ known as The Rising. It features teenager Kieren Walker who returns to his community after being ‘re-animated after death’, with thousands of others who died in the same year, 2009.

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Dominic began his career as a production runner in factual television, while writing fiction in his spare time. He joined the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme in 2005 and his plays have been performed in London including at Shakespeare's Globe, Trafalgar Studios, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre and The Young Vic.

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His original pilot In The Flesh, which was written for the BBC Northern Voices scheme, was optioned by BBC Production Salford. The show was broadcast by BBC3 in the spring of 2013 to critical acclaim.

In 2009 Dominic won the Papatango script competition with his darkly comic play, Potentials. He has also worked on projects with ITV Studios, Feelgood Fiction, Hat Trick Productions, Noho Films and the BBC.

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