Intergalactic: Everything we know so far about the dystopian drama

Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson will star in the action-packed sci-fi series written by Julie Gearey about an intergalactic prison break, coming to Sky One with NOW TV.

By Pippa Shawley Published: 2 March 2020 - 1.45pm
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Intergalactic is due to land on Sky One with NOW TV in 2021

Set in a dystopian future where Earth is governed by a global authority called the Commonworld, Intergalactic follows a fearless gang of prisoners on a bid for freedom.

What is Intergalactic about? 

‘A high octane prison drama like no other,’ promises the show’s press release, Intergalactic follows a brave group of female prisoners who might be on the wrong side of the law, but perhaps the right side of history.

Set at a time in the future where a drastically-changed Earth is governed by global authority the Commonworld, the series sees the group of high-security female prisoners hijack their transporter spaceship and set off through the galaxy in the pursuit of freedom. 

On their journey to Earth, the gang will fight, fall in love and betray each other, but will ultimately discover who they truly are.

Who is in it? 

Savannah Steyn (Wannabe) stars as rookie cop and galactic pilot Ash Harper, whose glittering career is ripped out from under her when she is falsely imprisoned. 

Her fellow prisoners include Candy (Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson), a witty good-time girl whose ability to deliver a one-liner deflects from her junkie habit which landed her on the flying prison. 

Misfits’ Natasha O’Keeffe appears as the mysterious, masked inmate Prisoner 99450, whose identity is unknown by her fellow captives.

The group is led by Tula, played by Sex Education’s Sharon Duncan-Brewster, a self-styled matriarch who has weaponised her own daughter. 

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On the other side of the cell walls are members of the Commonworld. Bend It Like Beckham’s Parminder Nagra plays Ash’s mother Arch Mashall Rebecca Harper. As head of galactic security for the Commonworld, she is sharp as a razor and immaculately put together, until her perfect life comes crashing down following the arrest of her only daughter.

Line of Duty’s Craig Parkinson plays the brilliantly minded Director of the Commonworld, Dr Benedict Lee. With an unwavering dedication to science, he is also eccentric and socially awkward.

Thomas Turgoose (This is England) appears as Drew, a chronically bored prison guard caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Other members of the cast include Oliver Coopersmith (Tin Star), Imogen Daines (Black Mirror), and newcomer Diany Samba-Bandza. 

When is it on?

It was announced that filming had begun in Manchester and Spain in October 2019, but there’s a while to wait before you can watch it. Intergalactic is due to land on Sky One with NOW TV in 2021.