BBC One have announced that Sadie Jones will adapt her own best-selling novel The Outcast for a two-part drama next year.
The drama is set to star George Mackay, Greg Wise, Hattie Morahan, Jessica Brown Findlay, Daisy Bevan and Nathanial Parker.
The Outcast is a deeply romantic, uncomfortably honest coming-of-age story set in booming post-war Britain. The novel has been published in 22 countries and was awarded the Costa First Novel Award as well as being an Orange Prize for Fiction finalist.
Lewis is 10 years old when Elizabeth his beloved mother dies, leaving him alone with a father, Gilbert, he barely knows after years away at war. When Gilbert remarries the fragile Alice, ill-equipped for her new life, Lewis relies on his friendship with neighbouring children Tamsin and Kit. But despite their own father Dicky not being all he seems, Tamsin and Kit negotiate a safe childhood whilst a grief-stricken Lewis sets about destroying his. All but abandoned by his father, events in Lewis’s teenage years begin to spiral out of control and take him further and further away from the help that he needs.
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, said: “The Outcast is a captivating and heart-breaking story of a young man’s desperate situation. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to work with BBC One to bring a two-part adaptation to screen to retain the essence of Sadie Jones’s award-winning novel.”