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Bestseller The Outcast set for television adaptation

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Image caption George Mackay will play the central role of troubled youngster Lewis in the drama

Bestselling novel The Outcast, by Sadie Jones, is to be made into a television drama, the BBC has announced.

Actor Greg Wise and former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay will feature among the cast.

Jones' debut won the Costa First Novel Award in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, now known as the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction.

Filming on the dramatisation has begun in Buckinghamshire and the drama is set to screen on BBC One next year.

The story, set in post-war Britain, centres around 10-year-old Lewis, whose mother dies, leaving him with a father he hardly knows following his return from war.

Lewis's life begins to spiral out of control as his teenage years loom.

The central role will be played by 22-year-old actor George Mackay, who has previously appeared in Birdsong and Pride.

Earlier this year he won the shooting star award at the Berlin Film Festival, and was nominated for Bafta's rising star accolade.

Wise will play his father, Gilbert, while Brown Findlay will play the woman he remarries.

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."

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