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The Outcast (BBC Drama, Greg Wise, Nathaniel Parker)

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Period drama The Outcast was set in post-war Britain, as the two parter begins ten year-old Lewis Aldridge (Finn Elliot) is grief-stricken as he struggles to cope with the death of his beloved mother. Left under the care of his emotionally distant father Gilbert (Greg Wise), whom he barely knows and who quickly remarries, Lewis is forced to bury his feelings.

With no family to turn to, Lewis is dependent on his friendship with the neighbouring Carmichael girls, Tamsin (Daisy Bevan) and Kit (Jessica Barden). Controlled by their domineering father Dicky (Nathaniel Parker), an apparent pillar of the community who hides his true tendencies, Kit and Tamsin have problems of their own.

Growing up in a village filled with people determined to keep up appearances, despite what is simmering under the surface, Lewis’s behaviour begin to spiral out of control – taking him further and further away from the help that he needs.

Cast: Finn Elliot as Lewis Aldridge (as a child); Hattie Morahan as Elizabeth Aldridge; Greg Wise as Gilbert Aldridge; Nathaniel Parker as Dicky Carmichael; Helen Bradbury as Claire Carmichael; Jocelyn MacNab as Kit Carmichael (as a child); Edie Whitehead as Tamsin Carmichael (as a child); Abigail Cruttenden as Anne Rawlins; Julian Wadham as Dr Straechen; Jessica Brown Findlay as Alice Aldridge; George MacKay as Lewis Aldridge; Daisy Bevan as Tamsin Carmichael; Jessica Barden as Kit Carmichael; Matt Whitchurch as Tom

Writer: Sadie Jones from her own novel / Producer: Celia Duval / Director: Ian Softley

UK / BBC One / 2×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 11-18 July 2015