Spooks and Hustle producer Kudos Film and Television has been commissioned to make a new eight-part drama for BBC1 set in the future.
Outcasts, written by Ben Richards, is set in 2040 and follows a group of people setting up a new life on a recently discovered planet, after Earth becomes uninhabitable.
Jane Featherstone, creative director of Kudos and executive producer of Outcasts, said: “Ben Richards has imagined a near-future, when humans are still led by their hearts even though their surroundings have changed. Action-packed and full of surprises, we hope Outcasts will have everyone gripped right from the start.”
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson praised Kudos’s “amazing track record in delivering iconic new drama series” and claimed Outcasts had the potential to be an “intelligent and unmissable BBC drama”.
Shooting starts in South Africa in April with casting to be confirmed.