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The Outlaws Series Premiere Mon 25 Oct on BBC One

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The Outlaws is a contemporary British drama about a disparate group of lawbreakers thrown together to complete a community service sentence.

Seven strangers from different walks of life – people who would never normally interact – are forced to work together to renovate a derelict community centre. They resent the menial physical labour and they resent each other. But when one of their number gets dragged into a dangerous world of organised crime, they unite in ways none of them thought possible.

Seven people from vastly different walks of life commence their Community Payback sentences, cleaning up and renovating a derelict building in Bristol. These ‘Outlaws’ include Oxford-bound Rani, (Rhianne Barreto, 18, A+ student and kleptomaniac) and Christian (Gamba Cole, early 20s and in debt to the wrong people) who is doing everything he can to keep his kid sister Esme free of their clutches.

As the group is shown the ropes by their new supervisor, Diane, we also meet John (Darren Boyd), a middle aged and middle-class white business man forced to share oxygen with criminals while he scrambles to save his family business. We also meet black Bristol civil rights veteran Myrna, (60), whose pursuit of direct action has put her at odds with a newer generation of activists.

Rounding out the group, struggling lawyer and divorcee Greg (Stephen Merchant) has found himself on the wrong side of the justice system. And Insta-celebutante Lady Gabriella Penrose-Howe (Eleanor Tomlinson, in her 20s) must learn to survive her sentence without a retinue of hangers-on. Meanwhile Frank, (Christopher Walken), a twinkly-eyed small-time crook, moves back in with the daughter he abandoned decades prior. Can any of them really reform? With disparate people forced into close proximity, tensions rise, prejudices are tested and lives begin to intertwine, for better and for worse.

Featured image shows Gabby (played by Eleanor Tomlinson).

Airdate: Monday 25 October 2021 at 9.00pm on BBC One.