Stephen Merchant's The Outlaws, a comedy thriller series originally created by Merchant and Elgin James, is getting a third season. The show, produced by Big Talk and Four Eyes, follows a group of strangers from different backgrounds who are forced to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol. In the upcoming season, with crime boss The Dean behind bars and awaiting trial, The Outlaws try to move on with their lives. However, when one of their own returns with a deadly secret, they are thrown back into mortal danger. As a murder manhunt closes in on the gang, they must prove their innocence before The Dean's case collapses, and he comes looking for revenge.
The third season will feature returning cast members including Stephen Merchant, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jessica Gunning, Charles Babalola, Tom Hanson, and Claes Bang. Merchant has been nominated for his role as Greg at the upcoming BAFTA TV Awards 2023 in the category of Male Performance in a Comedy Programme.
Stephen Merchant says: “After the overwhelming response to the first two series, I’m delighted to be bringing back our lovable band of miscreants for more misadventures. Audiences have really taken the characters to their hearts, so I can’t wait for them to see what hot water we’ve thrown them into this time. And I’m thrilled we’ll once again be filming in my hometown of Bristol. I expect I’ll be welcomed with a ticker-tape parade. It didn’t happen on the previous series, but I put that down to Covid.”
Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy, BBC, says: “We couldn’t be happier to have The Outlaws back in our lives. Stephen and the team have delivered a fantastic set of scripts for the third series, and we can’t wait to see the incredible cast bring them to life for BBC viewers to enjoy.”
The Outlaws (5 x 60’) will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Nordics. BBC Studios will handle international distribution for series three in addition to series one and two.
The series is created by Stephen Merchant and Elgin James. Executive Producers are Stephen Merchant for Four Eyes, Luke Alkin, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice for Big Talk, and John Butler. Seb Barwell is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. The Directors are John Butler (Papi Chulo) and Curtis Vowell (Baby Done). The Producer is Frances du Pille (The Sixth Commandment).
Filming on series three is now underway in and around Bristol.