2013

Zombies, science fiction and the supernatural to feature in new SBS 2 drama line up

News Release

3 September, 2013

SBS 2 will premiere the hugely popular Golden Globe winning zombie drama series The Walking Dead on free-to-air television later this year from November 1. The Walking Dead will feature on Tuesday nights as part of the new season of powerful science fiction and supernatural dramas including In the Flesh, Lost Girl, and the second series of Black Mirror.

Director of Television and Online Content Tony Iffland said: “I am thrilled to able to add The Walking Dead to an already strong list of hugely successful international drama series slated for SBS 2.

“Edgy, provocative drama is an important part of the SBS 2 line-up and we’re pleased to become the free-to-air home of these high quality zombie, science fiction and supernatural series that are already so popular with younger audiences.”

The Walking Dead will screen from series one and follows the story of Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who wakes to find himself alone in an abandoned hospital after he was shot on duty. He soon discovers that an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Rick attempts to find his wife and son in a world terrorised by the walking dead.

This month starting September 10 at 8.40pm, SBS 2 will broadcast In The Flesh, an exciting new three-part drama that explores a post-zombie-uprising, but this time from the zombie’s perspective. With more on its bones than flesh eating monsters, the series uses themes of fear, small mindedness, and intolerance to turn this much-loved genre on its head and deliver a clever message about mental illness and drug addiction.

Following In the Flesh, zombies will be put on a brief hiatus for the launch of Canadian fantasy-noir series Lost Girl on October 1 at 8.40pm. The series follows the supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk) who, after her first sexual encounter, discovers she is far from normal and one of the Fae – legendary creatures that pass as humans while secretly feeding off them. Seeking to solve the mystery of her origin, Bo becomes entangled in a passionate love triangle with a shape-shifting Fae homicide detective (Kris Holden-Reid) and a human doctor who may be able to help her (Zoie Palmer).

Next month SBS 2 will also have the free-to-air premiere of the second season of Charlie Brooker’s International Emmy Award winning series Black Mirror. With three stand-alone episodes each story is in turn, disarming, suspenseful and darkly satirical, and all explore modern reality. Black Mirror series two will launch on Tuesday October 8 at 9.30pm.

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