The First

Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone star in ‘The First’, a bold, epic, cinematic new 8 part series created by Beau Willimon (House of Cards, Ides of March). Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Sean Penn, in his first foray into television, leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Penn’s co-star Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history. The series it will look at the human stories of the astronauts, their families, loved ones and the ground team on Earth.

Country of Origin: USA

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Latest/Next UK Season: 1

Latest/Next UK TV Air Date: 01 November 2018 at 9:00 pm

UK Channel: Channel 4

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New sci-fi drama about the first human mission to Mars. Stars Sean Penn.