BBC America has jumped on board what it’s describing as a high-concept drama called “Outcasts.”
The series, already in production in South Africa by “Life on Mars” production company Kudos Film & TV, stars Eric Mabius, Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Jamie Bamber, Daniel Mays, Amy Mason and Jeanne Kietzmann.
Set in 2040, the series starts on a recently discovered planet, and focuses on the lives of people setting up a new world for the surviving population of Earth. The last known transport from Earth arrives on the planets, and the settlers already there have no idea what is on the ship as it lands with fears that many of the mistakes leading to the problems on Earth would be brought there.
The series was created by Ben Richards, the creator of “Spooks” — known as “MI-5” in the United States — and will be executive produced by Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford-Collins, Faith Penhale and Matthew Read. Featherstone has similar jobs on “Life on Mars” and its British spinoff “Ashes to Ashes,” as well as “Spooks.” Crawford-Collins worked on both “Spooks” and “Ashes to Ashes,” while Penhale has been a script editor and a development executive on a handful of series.
Read, who represents BBC, has worked on the Marple series of television movies based on Agatha Christie novels, according to Internet Movie Database.
Mabius, who played Daniel Meade on “Ugly Betty,” also played Matt Addison in 2002’s “Resident Evil.” He also made a guest appearance on “The X-Files” spinoff “Millennium in 1999 in the episode “Borrowed Time.”
Cunningham most recently appeared in the film “Clash of the Titans,” and also appeared in “Blood: The Last Vampire” and 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Norris follows creator Richards from “Spooks,” and has also appeared in 16 episodes of the series “Kingdom” as Beatrice Kingdom with Stephen Fry.
Bamber is best known to genre fans as Lee “Apollo” Adama in the Syfy remake of “Battlestar Galactica.” He joins Mays from “Ashes to Ashes,” Mason from “Being Human” and “Torchwood” and South African model Kietzmann.
Eight 60-minute episodes have been ordered, but no timetable has been announced on when the series will air on BBC in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the United States.