Who is in the Stephen Merchant comedy?
The Offenders on BBC One posted their first image today (Wednesday 12 May) and showed the impressive cast in all their glory.
The comedy series is written by Stephen Merchant – half of the team behind The Office.
So what is it and when will it happen?
What is The Offenders about on BBC One?
Stephen Merchant directs the cast of this six-part series.
The BBC says it follows seven strangers from different walks of life who are forced to complete a sentence of Community Payback in Bristol together.
As they get involved in each other’s lives, they also become involved in a dangerous criminal gang.
Not only does Stephen star on the show, he also wrote and directed it.
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He recently revealed that filming was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Like so many other productions, we had just started filming when Covid-19 hit and we had to shut down,” he says.
“I’m delighted that we can finally get back to filming with this incredible cast and complete this long-standing passion project.
“This is the first series I have produced in my hometown of Bristol and I am delighted to showcase the city and use the incredible local talent.”
Who is in The Offenders?
Alongside Stephen, The Offenders has an incredible cast.
Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken makes his first appearance in a British television series as Frank, described as “a die-hard villain”.
Also in the cast is Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Gabby, “an aristocratic celebutante”.
In addition to Christopher and Eleanor, viewers will recognize ITV’s Rhianne Barreto from Honor, Killing Eve’s Darren Boyd, Claire Perkins (Ava Hartman in EastEnders) and Gamba Cole.
The cast also includes Dracula’s Richard E Grant, Nina Wadia, and Dolly Wells.
We said it was quite a cast!
When is it on?
The BBC says it will appear on BBC One in the UK and Amazon Prime in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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He’s currently filming in Bristol after his hiatus at Covid, so let’s hope the series makes an appearance later this year.
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