Out­cast

The cre­ator of The Walk­ing Dead exorcises his demons…

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Preview Essential Tv -

Based on the comic book by Robert Kirk­man, Out­cast is poised to do for de­monic pos­ses­sion what the writer­pro­ducer’s The Walk­ing Dead did for zom­bies. Life On Mars’ Philip Glenis­ter plays Rev­erend An­der­son, a man of the cloth who “spe­cialises in ex­or­cisms”.

“I sup­pose he’s the big fish in a small pond in many re­spects,” Glenis­ter tells SFX. “He has flaws. He’s not your av­er­age rev­erend – he likes a drink, he smokes, he swears quite a lot. We find out that th­ese ex­or­cisms that he’s been car­ry­ing out over the years slowly are com­ing back to haunt him, since the ar­rival of Kyle.”

Glenis­ter says the re­la­tion­ship be­tween An­der­son and his su­per­nat­u­rally gifted new part­ner – played by Gone Girl’s Pa­trick Fugit – is key to the show.

“Kyle’s the new kid on the block. I al­ways say it’s like Rocky – I’m kind of the Burgess Mered­ith char­ac­ter, the trainer. I start re­sent­ing Kyle a lit­tle bit, be­cause his ex­or­cisms seem to work. I re­alise I need him in my life, and start re­sent­ing him at the same time. That’s the clash or the con­flict be­tween the two of them.” Joseph McCabe

Two de­tec­tives very keen on spir­its.

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