Intergalactic: Filming begins on Sky One sci-fi
Staff Reporter | On 06, Nov 2019Reading time: 3 mins
Filming is now underway on Sky One sci-fi series Intergalactic.
The Sky original drama imagines life off earth, sees Savannah Steyn (The Tunnel, Wannabe) head up a galaxy of stars including: Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sex Education), Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Misfits), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), and Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty).
Written by award-winning showrunner Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives, Cuffs, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Intergalactic is the story of rookie cop and galactic pilot, Ash (Steyn). On a trajectory to the top, her glittering career is ripped out from under her when she is falsely imprisoned.
The British drama, filmed at the Space Studios in Manchester as well as on location in Spain, is set at a time in the future where Earth has drastically changed and the entire population is now governed by a global authority, the Commonworld. A fearless gang of high-security female prisoners hijack their transporter spaceship and set off into the galaxy in pursuit of freedom.
Characterful, action-packed and darkly comic, Intergalactic introduces us to characters on the wrong side of the law but perhaps, the right side of history.
Candy (Tomlinson) is a good-time girl with a double-tongue and a witty one-liner for any given situation. A skill she uses to deflect from the junkie habit that leads to her getting locked up.
Tula (Duncan-Brewster) is a psychopathic, self-styled matriarch who has weaponised her own daughter and leads the band of escapees.
Prisoner 99450 (O’Keeffe) is a mysterious, masked inmate.
On the other side of the cell doors, Arch Marshall Rebecca Harper (Nagra) is sharp as a razor, immaculately put together and runs galactic security for the Commonworld. Her perfect life comes crashing down around her with the arrest of her only daughter, Ash.
Dr Benedict Lee (Parkinson) is Director of the Commonworld and one of the most brilliant minds of the era. Eccentric and socially awkward, he has an unwavering dedication to science.
Drew (Turgoose) is a chronically bored prison guard caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Across their journey through space, this disparate gang of women will fight, fall in love and betray each other. But one thing is for certain, the further they travel from Earth, the closer they come to understanding who they truly are.
Cameron Roach Sky’s Director of Drama & Sky Studios says: “We are delighted to begin our Intergalactic journey with such an incredibly talented cast. We know that with Savannah Steyn, Parminder Nagra, Eleanor Tomlinson and Natasha O’Keefe at the helm, Julie Gearey’s audacious vision for the show will be brought to life in such an incredible way. We cannot wait to see them in action, in the most unique and phenomenal spaceship. With the backdrop of the galaxy, it really does promise to be a high octane prison drama like no other, that we really are confident our customers will love.”
Directed by Kieron Hawkes (Fortitude, Power, Strike), the series is executive produced by showrunner Gearey alongside Will Gould for Moonage Pictures and Iona Vrolyk for Tiger Aspect Productions. Frith Tiplady and Matthew Read for Moonage Pictures and Richard Foster and Tony Moulsdale for Motion Content Group are also executive producers. The series producer is Nick Pitt (Black Mirror, Misfits).
It will air on Sky One and NOW TV in 2021.