19 Fantastic British Sci-Fi Series You Can Binge Right Now

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Humanity attempts to start over on another planet in “Outcasts”. (Photo: BBC)


Outcasts is set in the year 2060, on the fictional planet Carpathia. This is a habitable planet five years’ travel away from Earth, which has been colonized by a series of spaceships after some sort of global catastrophe. Most of the planet’s population lives in the pioneer town of Forthaven, and everyone on Carpathia is unaware of what’s going on back on Earth (nuclear conflict maybe? It’s not exactly clear.) But they all have big hopes for this place – after all the planet is named after the ship that rescued the Titanic.

The story mainly focuses on Carpathia’s President, a man named Richard Tate, the members of the Protection and Security team, and the Expeditionaries, who must explore the planet on foot. Much of the series deals with humans attempting to survive in a hostile environment, but there’s also ongoing fallout from a mysterious plague which killed all the colony’s children and the integration of the last known transporter full of settlers.

Unfortunately, Outcasts was canceled after just one season, and right about as it started to finally get interesting. So we’ll never know whether all this worked out for these people or not. But it’s an interesting watch for what it is – the South Africa setting they shot this in looks suitably otherworldly, and Game of Thrones Liam Cunningham is particularly good. (Oh, and for those of you who care about such things, Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber is in this and, yes, he looks suitably dreamy.)

Number of Seasons: 1

Where to Watch: Netflix