Daniel Mays and Liam Cunningham join BBC's Outcasts
Feature by Jack Foley
A GROUP of courageous pioneers face a unique opportunity: the chance to build a new and better future on another planet. Outcasts is an epic, new eight part drama series created by Ben Richards for BBC One.
Led by President Tate (Liam Cunningham) and his core team of Stella (Hermione Norris), Cass (Daniel Mays, pictured) and Fleur (Amy Manson) – they took charge and settled here first alongside Expeditionaries Mitchell (Jamie Bamber) and Jack (Ashley Walters).
A diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances, promised a second chance at life they created a society, far away from their home, friends, family…and their pasts.
Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, they are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future. They work hard to preserve what they’ve built on this planet they now call home, having embraced all the challenges that come with forging a new beginning.
The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; whilst they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they’ve left behind.
As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary planet…is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.
We meet our characters at a moment of incredible anticipation, they’ve lost all contact with Earth but the arrival of the last known transporter signals fresh hopes and dreams.
Will Stella’s husband and daughter, who she heartbreakingly left behind, be on board? Why does Tate seem anxious about one particular passenger, Julius Berger (Eric Mabius)? Most nerve-wracking of all, will it land safely and bring a fresh perspective on the new world with it?
Jane Featherstone, Kudos Creative Director and executive producer of Outcasts, commented: “Finding a cast to match Ben’s brilliant vision of our pioneering future was always going to be hard, but we are over the moon with the line up on Outcasts – a group of actors so strong and diverse that I think we’ll be desperate to watch as they tackle their brave new world.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “Outcasts is a richly intelligent, character led drama full of big ideas about what it is to be human told through thrilling and surprising stories that could only appear in this show.
“Ben Richards has created a remarkable world peopled with compelling characters, and it is hugely exciting that this amazing cast is going to bring it to life.”
Currently filming in South Africa for transmission on BBC One later this year, Outcasts is produced by Radford Neville (Married, Single, Other and Wuthering Heights) and directed by Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami, Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars) and Omar Madha (Spooks, Law & Order, Burn Up).
Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford Collins, Faith Penhale and Ben Richards from Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC. Commissioned by Ben Stephenson and Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One.
Outcasts marks the latest high-profile scripted drama Kudos has produced for the BBC over the past decade, including popular, award-winning series such as Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.