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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Six more hours of Community Service for Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws

The Outlaws is a comedy thriller series from multi-award-winning writer and director Stephen Merchant, originally created by Merchant and Elgin James (co-creator of US series Mayans M.C.) The series follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.

The Outlaws series one is the BBC's biggest comedy launch this year and has been streamed 11m times on BBC iPlayer so far.

Following on directly from the first series, The Outlaws still have time to serve on their sentences - but now they must face the fallout from their actions. If they thought the criminal underworld or the local police were done with them, they are sorely mistaken. The Outlaws must depend on one another while working with unlikely allies to atone for their sins - but can they save themselves without sacrificing their souls?

The second series will see the return of Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Walken, alongside writer and star Stephen Merchant (The Office, Jojo Rabbit), with Rhianne Barreto (Honour, Hanna), Gamba Cole (Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, Hanna), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve), Clare Perkins (EastEnders), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Jessica Gunning (Back), Charles Babalola (Bancroft), Nina Wadia (Goodness Gracious Me, Bend It like Beckham), Tom Hanson (Brassic), and Aiyana Goodfellow (Small Axe) as Esme.

Guest stars include Julia Davis (Sally4Ever), Dolly Wells (Dracula), Ian McElhinney (Game Of Thrones, Derry Girls), and Claes Bang (Dracula).

Stephen Merchant says: "I am overwhelmed by the wonderful response to The Outlaws. Audiences have fallen in love with the characters as much as I have and my Twitter feed is inundated with people asking for updates on series two, so I'm delighted to confirm the entire gang will return for more adventures. If we made The Outlaws sweat in Series One, we're really turning the heat up second time round."

Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, says: "The Outlaws has entertained BBC viewers across the nation this autumn and we are thrilled to say the series is the BBC's biggest comedy launch this year. We can't wait for fans to see what Stephen has in store for this second series as our Outlaws come face to face with the consequences of their actions."

The 6x60' series will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Nordics.

Filming on the second series has been completed and will air next year.

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