Sky One’s ‘Intergalactic’ – Interview With Writer/Creator Julie Geary

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23 Apr 21

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down (via Zoom) with the wonderful and lovely Julie Geary (Prisoners’ Wives, Cuffs, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), writer/creator and showrunner on Intergalactic, a brilliant new British-made sci-fi series coming to Sky One and NOW on Friday, 30th April 2021.

From the fringes of outer space to the depths of human emotion, ‘Intergalactic’ is an action-packed, characterful, science-fiction show with its feet firmly on the ground. The series tells the story of a fearless young cop and galactic pilot, Ash Harper (Savannah Steyn), who has her glittering career ripped away from her after being wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony. But on the way there, Ash’s fellow convicts stage a mutiny and seize control of their prison transfer ship. With the flight crew dead, mob leader Tula Quik (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), is intent on reaching the free world – Arcadia – with her gang; and Ash is the only pilot who can get them there. Ash is forced to join them on the run towards a distant galaxy and an uncertain future.

As the gang go ‘on the run’ across the galaxy, they will travel to many planets, make friends and encounter dangerous enemies, all the time with the authorities on their tail. As the journey continues, Ash begins to re-evaluate her dangerous cohorts… could it be that this group of female fugitives are on the wrong side of the law, but the right side of history?

A female prison gang show with an epic galactic setting, the further the escapees travel from home the closer they come to understanding who they truly are. And as they reluctantly learn to rely on one another, this disparate band of criminals will be fighting for their shared future in their ultimate bid for freedom.

The high octane drama stars Savannah Steyn (The Tunnel, Wannabe), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sex Education), Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Misfits), Oliver Coopersmith (Tin Star), Imogen Daines (Black Mirror), Diany Samba-Bandza (Jack Ryan), and Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty).

I was lucky enough to get a preview of the first three episodes of the series before this interview, and it is going to be well worth a watch. As I mention in the interview, if you’re old enough to remember ‘Blake’s 7’ that is a sci-fi which really feels like it was a touchstone for the series, albeit updated for the 21st Century. ‘Intergalactic’ is a great action sci-fi, which also has some wonderful humour and a superb array of characters… Oh… and some Phil Collins… I can’t wait to see the rest of it!

‘Intergalactic’ was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky and Cameron Roach, Sky’s Director of Drama at Sky Studios. Paul Gilbert and Serena Thompson are the executive producers for Sky Studios. The series is executive produced by showrunner Julie Gearey, director Kieron Hawkes (Fortitude, Power, Strike), Iona Vrolyk for Tiger Aspect Productions and Frith Tiplady for Moonage Pictures. Will Gould 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).

‘Intergalactic‘  Season 1 premieres Friday, 30th April 2021 on Sky One and NOW in the UK.