Jamie Bamber Straps on his Guns for More Scifi

The once and future Apollo is joining the cast of the BBC's Outcasts — about a group of pilgrims who try to build a new home on a distant, mysterious world.

Created by Ben Richards, this eight-part series, currently shooting in South Africa, follows a band of explorers who leave Earth for the planet Carpathia — and the cast includes Bamber, Liam Cunningham, Eric Mabius, and Hermione Norris. According to the BBC's press release:

They are a diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances; promised a second chance at life they created a society, far away from their home, friends, family... and their pasts.

Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, they are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future. They work hard to preserve what they've built on this planet they now call home, having embraced all the challenges that come with forging a new beginning.

The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they've left behind.

As they continue to work and live together they come to realize this is no ordinary planet... is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.

Outcasts is set to air this Fall in the UK.

(Via Bleeding Cool)