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27/05/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy Outcasts in the USA - or Buy Outcasts in the UK

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Outcasts - a new science fiction series from Kudos Film and Television and Ben Richards (aka Spooks, Party Animals) - is in development by BBC Wales for BBC One.

Set in space with the future of earth looking increasingly precarious, the race is on in Outcasts to find an alternative home in the universe. In return for their "liberty", 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 "outcasts", fascinating but ultimately dispensable who must build the conditions for a new life.

Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, told Sfcrowsnest, "Following the unique success of time travel in Life On Mars, I'm naturally extremely excited about the dynamic duo of Kudos and Ben Richards joining forces to create a further dimension in BBC Drama. Outcasts is a 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 Featherstone, Joint MD, Kudos Film and Television, added, "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."

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