In the Flesh/BBC/2013-2014 (Leukemia)
Amy Dyer (Emily Bevan), young woman who lived in the village of Roarton, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Raised by her grandmother, Amy died of Leukemia at age 21. Her gravestone epitaph reads “Amy Dyer 1988-2009 “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” (A poem by Dylan Thomas).
Shortly after her death, Amy Dyer and thousands of other people who died in 2009 were mysteriously re-animated as rabid zombies who began to search the countryside for living flesh to consume.This ushered in “The Pale Wars” as armed militias hunted down and destroyed the living dead threatening their lives.
In the interim, medical research discovered a serum (ULA) that controlled the zombie plague and returned consciousness to the victim’s body. Amy and the surviving zombies were given daily injections of the medication to maintain normalcy. These sufferers of Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) were given contacts and cosmetics to cover their faces to fit in with the rest of the community. Amy and others of her kind were called “rotters” by the villagers.
For some unknown reason, Amy becomes fully human again, but is stabbed in the heart by Maxine Martin, who thought Amy’s death would bring a Second Rising. After her funeral, the ground above her Amy’s grave begins to move. It is then, Agents of Halperin & Westin enter the graveyard with shovels intent on rescuing Amy who has apparently started to rise again.
DeGRASSI JR. HIGH/SYN/1987-91 (Leukemia)
Lorraine “L.D.” Delacorte (Amanda Cook), a seventh grader who developed leukemia at age 15 and missed much of her freshman year due to chemotherapy and her growing reclusive nature. The character continued on the sequel series DeGRASSI HIGH.
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE/NBC/1965-68(Leukemia)
Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara), a lawyer with an incurable disease (Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia). As Paul Bryan put it in the pilot film, “I have one of those afflictions they name after the poor fellow that discovered it.”
According to the program’s opening narration:
Doctor: I’m deeply sorry, Mr. Bryan.
Bryan: It’s alright Doctor. I already knew.
Doctor: You have at least nine months left, perhaps as much as eighteen.
Bryan: The first doctor gave me from one to two years.
Doctor: I hope he’s right. What are you going to do?
Bryan: Well, I have no family. Haven’t take a day off since law school. Guess I’ll try to squeeze thirty years of living into one or two.
Doctor: It isn’t hopeless, Mr. Bryan. Research is being done and you’ll be in good health until the last few weeks. So always let us know where you are.
Note: The series is based on an April 1965 episode of KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE.