Stephen Merchant's BBC show shares new look ahead of return

Stephen Merchant’s BBC show The Outlaws has shared a new look ahead of its upcoming return.

The comedy drama was renewed for a third season last year and returns to BBC One next month – with an exact release date yet to be confirmed.

Now, the BBC has released some first-look images at the new season, with the impressive ensemble cast back in action.

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The series follows a group of strangers who are thrown together while completing a community payback sentence in Bristol – and discover a bag of money that belongs some very dangerous people.

Co-creator Merchant continues to star as Greg, alongside returning cast members Jessica Gunning as Diane, Rhianne Barreto as Rani, Gamba Cole as Ben and Darren Boyd as John.

Also coming back for the next instalment are Clare Perkins as Myrna, Eleanor Tomlinson as Lady Gabby, Charles Babalola as Malaki, Tom Hanson as Spencer and Christopher Walken as Frank.

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The synopsis for season three reads: "With crime boss The Dean (Claes Bang) behind bars awaiting trial, The Outlaws are moving on with their lives – until one of their own returns with a deadly secret, hurtling them back into mortal danger.

"As a murder manhunt closes in on the gang, can they prove their innocence before The Dean’s case collapses, and he comes looking for revenge?"

Gunning also stars in Netflix hit Baby Reindeer and has been praised by viewers for her compelling performance as stalker Martha, alongside the show’s creator Richard Gadd.

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Deadline reported that at the Creative Cities Convention this week, Gunning revealed that as well as returning to The Outlaws as an actor, she also has a co-writing credit on episode five of the new season.

"I love working with Stephen," she said, "and he does let us add bits [of writing] here and there. I was lucky enough to be in the writers’ room for season three, and I learned so much behind the scenes. I was honoured to be a part of that."

The Outlaws returns next month and is available to watch on BBC One and stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK. It is also available on Amazon Prime Video in the US.

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