Kudos, the makers of hit shows Hustle and Spooks, are developing a new “high concept series” for BBC One set in space written by Ben Richards (Spooks, Party Animals).
Outcasts, which is being overseen by BBC Wales, shows a future where mankind is� racing to find a new home because the earth’s sustainability is looking increasingly precarious.
�In return for their "e;liberty"e;, a group of social misfits and criminals are sent to be the pioneers of a large new settlement on a near planet.
They contain a variety of different types – from the brilliant deviant to the petty thief. They are the "e;outcasts"e;, fascinating but ultimately dispensable who must build the conditions for a new life.
Jane Featherstone, Joint MD, Kudos Film and Television, says: "e;The colonisation of space by humans is only a matter of time, and we think that Ben Richards’ brilliant vision of what life will be like when that happens will offer audiences a dramatic, original and entertaining new drama arena."e;
Outcasts is a tense and fast-paced series about co-operation and conflict, idealism and power, sexual competition and love.
Most of all it is about our life’s big imperatives – cheating death, seeking suitable mates and surviving as a species.
Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, said she was “naturally extremely excited about the dynamic duo of Kudos and Ben Richards joining forces to create a further dimension in BBC Drama.”