The Outlaws

Our Friend in Bristol: Lynn Barlow

You will have spotted the rise in Bristol voices entertaining us on TV – Stephen Merchant’s The Outlaws, Daisy May Cooper in Rain Dogs and, airing this month, Ruby Speaking, co-created by and starring Jayde Adams.

They share more than just the vernacular and location. All three series are warmly wrapped in empathy for their characters’ less-than-straight­forward lifestyles and draw strongly on the colourful and complicated city itself.

The Green Planet wins big at the RTS West of England Awards 2023

The four-part BBC One series took home four prizes: Natural History, Cinematography, Editing and Sound.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, The Green Planet explores the fascinating and often bizarre world of plants. It was hailed by the judges as “ground-breaking, innovative and brilliant – an important story about our world in these times of great change”.

Two programmes notched awards two years’ running. The second series of Stephen Merchant’s BBC One comedy thriller The Outlaws won in the Scripted category, repeating its triumph last year.

Stephen Merchant and his co-creators on combining comedy and thriller in The Outlaws

The eagerly awaited second series of Stephen Merchant’s comedy thriller The Outlaws received its premiere in Bristol in front of a sell-out, home-town audience, ahead of its return to BBC One on 5 June. 

The first episode of a series that follows the lives of seven minor felons completing a Community Payback sentence marked a hugely confident return, delivering big laughs and jeopardy as the characters try to escape the clutches of a violent drug lord.