BBC AMERICA came armed with star power to this past week’s Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, unveiling a much-talked-about slate of shows. There’s Outcasts, the new futuristic drama currently filming in South Africa, starring Eric Mabius, formerly Betty’s fashion-forward boss on Ugly Betty. Then there’s Luther, a gory and gripping detective drama featuring Anglophenia fave and tall glass-o’-water, Idris Elba. And finally, there’s a slate of documentaries from Louis Theroux, a tenacious filmmaker who manages to get some pretty candid responses from some pretty surprising people. Outcasts‘s Mabius and Luther stars Elba and co-star Ruth Wilson turned out for BBCA’s exclusive TCA wrap party at the Beverly Hilton this past Saturday, and guess who has the photos from the event? (Photos by Todd Anderson).

That’s Eric Mabius, who’d make a fine spokesmodel should he ever tire of the acting thing.

The stunning Ruth Wilson is indeed ready for her close-up.

Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson pal around with BBC Worldwide America prez Herb Scannell

Luther, starring Elba and Wilson, is set to premiere in October on BBCA.

Eric Mabius, Herb Scannell, and Outcasts creator Ben Richards. Outcasts premieres later this year on BBCA.

Here’s the original BBC trailer for Luther if you haven’t seen it:

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.