Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Outcasts on BBC

Trailers for a new series called Outcasts have popped up on the BBC lately. It seems to be an expensive-looking science fiction series dealing with settlers from Earth starting over on a new world. There are a few familiar faces in the cast including Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris and Jamie Bamber, formally of the remake of Battlestar Galactica and Law & Order UK.

Looking at the cast list I also noticed Amy Manson is in it. She played one of the pre-raphaelite models in 2009's entertaining Desperate Romantics. Although it took me a while to regonise her because in that she was a redhead and now she looks very different with dark hair.

It's nice to see the BBC doing some original science fiction. Lately I've been watching some Blakes 7 for the first time since it was on way back when. It got me thinking that the time is right for British TV to try something like that again.

By the way, Outcasts seems to be eight episodes long. I'm shocked! After Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs and Zen I thought the BBC was only doing three episode series from now on!

There's some basic info and video clips at www.bbc.co.uk/outcasts

PS Here's a picture of Amy as she will not appear on an alien planet.