ZOMBIES have been walking the streets of Marsden.
A new three-part BBC3 drama series In The Flesh has been filmed in and around the village.
The drama, written by new young writer Dominic Mitchell, will be screened in the Spring.
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Locations used in Marsden include the Royal British Legion Social Club, Marsden Liberal Club, Dirker Avenue and the basketball court in Dirker Bank Road.
Jenny Brown, a spokesman for the BBC, said the drama promised to cause a real stir.
“It’s a captivating script which pushes the genre into uncharted territory, she said.
“Marsden was chosen because of its beautiful yet stark rural setting. It was exactly what we were looking for.”
The cast is mainly young and up-and-coming but features two well-known faces in Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family) and Kenneth Cranham (Hellbound: HellRaiser II).
Directed by award-winning Jonny Campbell, the cast is led by Luke Newberry, who plays teenage zombie Kieren Walker.
Kieren had died four years previously but, shortly after his funeral, the dead were brought back to life after a freak overnight event.
In The Flesh tells the story of how Kieren and other zombies are ‘re-integrated’ back into their homes and families years after their deaths.
Set in the fictional village of Roarton, the drama explores what it means to be alive and what happens when families get a second chance.
Lead actor Luke said he was excited by the role and said Kieren was an “amazingly complex character.”
He added: “He is on an unthinkable rollercoaster of a journey, one in which he has been given a second chance at life and he has to come to terms with how to deal with that.
“The characters may look like zombies but this is a very human story about people trying to survive.”
Director Jonny Campbell added: “From the moment I read the opening scene I was hooked.
“What’s most exciting about In The Flesh is that it challenges our pre-conceptions about the standard zombie genre and in so doing almost certainly creates a new one.”
It is not the first time Marsden has featured in TV series.
It was used in the district nurse series Where The Heart Is and also the 1997 drama Wokenwell.