The Outlaws (2021 TV series)


The Outlaws is a crime thriller comedy television series created by Elgin James and Stephen Merchant, and directed by Merchant and John Butler. It is shown on BBC One in the UK and Amazon Prime Video in some international territories. Filming of series 1 was halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2021 it was confirmed that a second series had been ordered, with series 1 production resuming in February 2021. It was later confirmed that both series had been filmed back to back.[1]

The Outlaws
GenreDark comedy
Crime drama
Created byElgin James
Stephen Merchant
Directed byStephen Merchant
John Butler
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Executive producers
  • Stephen Merchant
  • Luke Alkin
  • Kenton Allen
  • Matthew Justice
  • Kate Daughton
ProducerNickie Sault
Production companies
DistributorBBC Studios
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Original release25 October 2021 (2021-10-25) –


The story follows seven strangers from different walks of life who are forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence, set in Bristol.[2] However, their luck changes when they discover a bag full of money, unaware that some dangerous people are looking for it.


  • Christopher Walken as Frank Sheldon, an American living with his daughter and grandchildren
  • Stephen Merchant as Greg Dillard, an unsuccessful lawyer
  • Rhianne Barreto as Rani Rekowski, a prospective but kleptomaniacal Oxford applicant
  • Gamba Cole as Ben Eastfield, a young man looking after his younger sister, who assumes the identity of Christian Taylor to carry out community service in his name
  • Darren Boyd as John Halloran, a businessman whose business is on the verge of collapse
  • Clare Perkins as Myrna Okeke, an activist
  • Eleanor Tomlinson as Lady Gabriella "Gabby" Penrose-Howe, a socialite and influencer
  • Jessica Gunning as Diane Pemberley, the supervisor for community service
  • Dolly Wells as Margaret, Frank's daughter
  • Ian McElhinney as John Halloran Snr., John's father
  • Nina Wadia as Shanthi Rekowski, Rani's mother
  • Gyuri Sarossy as Jerzy Rekowski, Rani's father
  • Aiyana Goodfellow as Esme Eastfield, Ben's sister
  • Charles Babalola as Christian Taylor
  • James Nelson-Joyce as Aiden "Spider" Haswell
  • Guillermo Bedward as Tom, Frank's grandson
  • Isla Gie as Holly, Frank's granddaughter
  • Claes Bang as the Dean
  • Sam Troughton as Mr Wilder, Diane's superior
  • Richard E. Grant as the Earl of Gloucestershire, Gabby's aristocratic father
  • Grace Calder as DS Lucy Haines
  • Kojo Kamara as DS Selforth
  • Tom Hanson as Spencer, Greg's colleague
  • Michael Cochrane as Mr Kingsley, Greg's boss
  • Gerard Horan as Graham Hilgard
  • Marcus Fraser as Souljah
  • Alexandria Riley as Yvonne, Myrna's sister


Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 18 October 2021 22 November 2021
2 6 5 June 2022 10 July 2022

Series 1 (2021)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [3]U.K. viewers
1"Episode 1"Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant and Elgin James18 October 2021 (2021-10-18)<(3.11)
2"Episode 2"Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant and Emma Jane Unsworth25 October 2021 (2021-10-25)4.22
3"Episode 3"John ButlerStephen Merchant and Nikita Lalwani1 November 2021 (2021-11-01)3.43
4"Episode 4"John ButlerJohn Butler8 November 2021 (2021-11-08)<(3.23)
5"Episode 5"John ButlerStephen Merchant15 November 2021 (2021-11-15)<(3.23)
6"Episode 6"Stephen MerchantStephen Merchant22 November 2021 (2021-11-22)<(3.50)

Series 2 (2022)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [3]U.K. viewers
1"Episode 1"John ButlerStephen Merchant5 June 2022 (2022-06-05)2.96
2"Episode 2"John ButlerNathaniel Price12 June 2022 (2022-06-12)<(2.63)
3"Episode 3"Alicia MacDonaldStephen Merchant and Nikita Lalwani19 June 2022 (2022-06-19)TBD
4"Episode 4"Alicia MacDonaldClaire Downes26 June 2022 (2022-06-26)TBD
5"Episode 5"Alicia MacDonaldJohn Butler3 July 2022 (2022-07-03)TBD
6"Episode 6"Alicia MacDonaldStephen Merchant10 July 2022 (2022-07-10)TBD


After some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming on location in Bristol began in February 2021, as well as at The Bottle Yard Studios in Whitchurch.[4] The series is a co-production between BBC One and Amazon Studios. The series was commissioned by BBC Comedy and BBC One, produced by Big Talk with Stephen Merchant's Four Eyes. 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 Kate Daughton is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. Directors are Stephen Merchant and John Butler. Producer is Nickie Sault.[5] Originally announced with the working title The Offenders, the series was renamed during production, with the current title confirmed in September 2021.[6]

A small piece of Banksy's art was used on set.[7]


The series premiered on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK on 25 October 2021; it was later released on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Nordic countries.[8]

Series 2 was released in full on BBC iPlayer on 5 June 2022.[9]


  1. ^ Kanter, Jake (13 January 2021). "Stephen Merchant's BBC/Amazon Series 'The Offenders' Renewed For Second Season". Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  2. ^ Wall, Tom (11 December 2021). "Why TV crews are falling over each other to film drama in 'Bristolywood'". The Observer. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b "The Outlaws on BBC One". BBC One. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Coming soon: TV shows filmed in Bristol". Visit Bristol. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Cast for Stephen Merchant's The Offenders (w/t) announced as filming resumes in Bristol - Media Centre". 12 May 2021. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  6. ^ "First Look at Stephen Merchant's BBC One series the Outlaws". BBC. 13 September 2021. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Banksy art painted over by Christopher Walken on TV show's set". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  8. ^ "BBC One announces Stephen Merchant's The Offenders (w/t) from Big Talk and Four Eyes - Media Centre". 6 January 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  9. ^ The Outlaws - Series 2: Episode 1, retrieved 6 June 2022

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • The Outlaws at IMDb