Intergalactic star discusses issue with labelling shows "female-led"

Abby Robinson, Joe Anderton
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Photo credit: Sky UK
Photo credit: Sky UK

Sky's new science-fiction thriller Intergalactic lands today (April 30), combining a prison escape drama with an outer space setting and aesthetic.

The series stars A Discovery of Witches' Savannah Steyn, Bend It Like Beckham's Parminder Nagra, Sex Education's Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson, among others.

Although the cast does feature female actors in leading roles and most of the ensemble, one of the show's stars would prefer it not be labelled as 'female-led', stating that it's time to move away from that and focus on the works themselves.

Photo credit: Sky UK
Photo credit: Sky UK

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Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Duncan-Brewster said: "People keep saying it's female-led – and it is because it's majority female on the show, it's great storytelling with a majority of females in the lead roles – but if it was the other way around, they would never say it's a male-led show.

"I think there's something about when we talk about these things – it's great to celebrate it, [but] I'm just really excited about us moving into this being the norm and us being able to do this all the time, so that there's balance. But it is great and I feel really proud to be a part of it."

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

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Intergalactic follows a young pilot who gets caught up in a spaceship mutiny on her way to being exiled, after being wrongly convicted of a crime, and must now fly her fellow prisoners to the free world.

It airs its first episode on Sky One tonight at 9pm, while all episodes are available now on Sky's on-demand services and NOW.

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