BBC America held their press panels for upcoming programing as part of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour today, and in conjunction with that they've also released the first stills from Outcasts. Here's your first look at Jamie as Mitchell Hoban:
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Photo: Kudos / BBCSome additional info via tweets from various TV writers and critics who attended the panel:
- #Outcasts also stars Jamie Bamber, looking scruffier than he did in #BSG. #TCA
- #Outcasts creator Ben Richards says the series is about the hope for human survival & reaching for the stars. #TCA
- #Outcast is set in 2040 a group of social misfits and criminals are sent to be the pioneers of a new settlement on a nearby planet. #tca
- #BBCA at #TCA: "I think it's less overtly sci-fi than BATTLESTAR GALACTICA." - Richards on how OUTCASTS compares to it
- No vampires in space for #Outcasts, said Ben Richards. Carpathia a reference to ship that rescued Titanic, not vamps. #TCA @bbcamerica
- #Outcasts Ben Richards creator: "Our director was very keen that it didn't have that gimmicky sci-fi feel. No set phasers to stun." #tca
- #Outcasts creator Ben Richards is anti Lord of the Flies, and project shows people are neither inherently good or evil #BBCA #TCA
- #Outcasts creator/writer Ben Richards loved #Deadwood but doesn't think he can get away w/everything that show did.
EDIT: Here's an updated description of Jamie's character:
Mitchell Hoban (Jamie Bamber) is Head of the Expeditionaries. Progressive and ambitious, he is frustrated at the established order and has his own ideas as to how the planet should be run.
EDIT #2: Still more! Here's the expanded synopsis of the show:
With Earth no longer habitable, a group of courageous pioneers have traveled to another planet to begin again. They’ve built the town of Forthaven on Carpathia and have the unique opportunity of creating a new and better future on another planet. Led by President Tate (Cunningham) and his core team of Stella (Norris), Cass (Daniel Mays, The Bank Job, Atonement) and Fleur (Amy Manson, Being Human), they’re determined to run the civilization in a democratic way, but some tough decisions in the past may prove divisive.
As the series begins it’s a moment of incredible anticipation. Forthaven has lost all contact with Earth but the arrival of the last known transporter, with Julius Berger (Eric Mabius) on board, signals fresh hopes and dreams. But why does President Tate seem anxious about the imminent arrival of Berger and will the transporter land safely with Stella's husband and daughter, who she heartbreakingly left behind?
Meanwhile those appointed Expeditionaries, Mitchell (Jamie Bamber, Battlestar Galactica) and Jack (Ashley Walters, Small Island, Hustle), have a mission to explore the new planet and bring back vital information to the settlement. Will they find other life out there, or do they truly have the planet to themselves?
The settlers are a diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances. They’ve been promised a second chance but are far away from home, friends, family and their pasts. Passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future, they work hard to preserve what they've built on the planet they now call home.
Carpathia offers the possibility of redemption as the new inhabitants try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth. Inevitably they cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, corruption and a longing for those they've left behind. As they continue to work and live together, they come to realize this is no ordinary planet. Is there a bigger purpose at work? Is the peace of Forthaven more fragile than they think?