UKTV, Britbox unite for Outrageous

UKTV, Britbox unite for Outrageous

By Michael Pickard
June 26, 2024


Bridgerton’s Bessie Carter stars in Outrageous, a six-part series now in production that tells the story of the Mitford sisters set against the backdrop 1930s British high society.

Commissioned by UKTV and Britbox International, the story follows the six aristocratic Miftord sisters who refused to play by the rules and marks the first time their story has been brought to the screen.

Set against the gathering storm clouds of the 1930s, masked by the decadence, frivolity and lavishness of the time, Outrageous is described as a story of family bonds and betrayals, public scandal, political extremism, love, heartache and even imprisonment.

It also explores how and why these women, unwilling to conform, were so ahead of their time – and what drove them to take their very different, complex and often dangerous paths.

Carter stars as Nancy Mitford, alongside Joanna Vanderham (Crime) as Diana Mitford, Shannon Watson (The Jetty) as Unity Mitford, Zoe Brough (Casualty) as Jessica Mitford, Orla Hill (Stonehouse) as Deborah Mitford and Isobel Jesper Jones (The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes) as Pamela Mitford.

Their brother Tom will be played by Toby Regbo (Belgravia: The Next Chapter), with Anna Chancellor (My Lady Jane) and James Purefoy (The Veil) at the top of the family tree as Muv and Farve.

Other cast will include Joshua Sasse as Oswald Mosley, Jamie Blackley as Peter Rodd, James Musgrave as Hamish Erskine, Calam Lynch as Bryan Guinness and Will Attenborough as Joss.

Due to air in 2025, the drama has been commissioned by UKTV for its Drama channel (soon to become U&Drama) and Britbox International for North America.  It is created and written by Sarah Williams (Small Island, Flesh and Blood), based on Mary Lovell’s biography The Mitford Girls.

Firebird Pictures is producing the series, with executive producers Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Matthew Mosley and Craig Holleworth. Joss Agnew (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Vigil) and Ellie Heydon (Trying, Dreamland) are directing, with Natasha Romaniuk (The Suspect, Fifteen-Love) as producer. BBC Studios will be handling global distribution.

Filming is taking place in and around Buckinghamshire.

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