TELEVISION: BBC America Co-Produces New Sci-Fi Drama – Outcasts!


The BBC America co-production, Outcasts, is a new sci-fi series about the remnants of humanity struggling to set up a new home on a distant planet. It explores humans’ drive for power, politics and sex in a new post-earth era.

Production is now underway, in South Africa, with a cast that includes: Eric Mabius [Ugly Betty, Liam Cunningham [Clash of the Titans], Hermione Norris [MI-5, Wire in the Blood], Jamie Bamber [Battlestar Galactica], Daniel Mays [The Bank Job, Atonement] and South Africa newcomer, Jeannie Kietzmann. Details from the press release follow the jump.

Outcasts (S1, 8 x 60) is a Kudos Film & Television, BBC AMERICA and BBC co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Outcasts is set in 2040 on a recently-discovered planet and tells of the dilemmas, loves and lives of a group of people setting up a new world. This life-sustaining planet is now home to the surviving population from Earth. Here there is a chance to start again, to bring the lessons learnt from Earth and to put them into action on a new planet.

The series begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet – who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions – will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader, rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of the fresh, unified and courageous new world? And, most importantly of all, how is a new and better world created?

The series was created by Ben Richards [MI-5]. Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford-Collins and Faith Penhale for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC.