BBC One has given the green-light to The Outcast, a two-part/three-hour adaptation of the Sadie Jones novel of the same name.
The Outcast tells the story of Lewis, a 10 year old boy who mother suddenly dies leaving him alone with a father who he barely knows. When his father remarries, Lewis relies on his friendship with neighbouring children Tamsin and Kit, whose father is not all he seems. Tamsin and Kit negotiate a safe childhood whilst a grief-stricken Lewis sets about destroying his. All but abandoned by his father, events in Lewis’s teenage years begin to spiral out of control and take him further and further away from the help that he needs.
The two-parter, which is described as “a deeply romantic, uncomfortably honest coming-of-age story set in booming post-war Britain”, was adapted by original author Sadie Jones and is being directed by The Wings of the Dove helmer Iain Softley. Blueprint Pictures is producing, marking the company’s first foray into television. Celia Duval is set as the producer, while Christine Langan, Beth Pattinson and Pete Czernin are serving as the executive producers.
“The Outcast is a captivating and heart-breaking story of a young man’s desperate situation”, said Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films. “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to work with BBC One to bring a two-part adaptation to screen to retain the essence of Sadie Jones’s award-winning novel.”
While Blueprint Pictures’ Pete Czernin, who serves as an executive producer on The Outcast, added: “This is Blueprint’s first foray into television and we couldn’t think of a better novel to start our TV endeavours.”