The space exploration drama, from the creator of House of Cards, marks Penn’s first major role in a TV series, after playing the leading man in Hollywood movies for decades and featuring as a guest star on numerous shows.
Here’s everything you need to know about The First…
When is The First on TV?
The First premiered on Thursday 1st November at 9pm on Channel 4 and continues on Thursday evenings.
It has already aired in the US, going live on Hulu on 14th September.
What is The First about?
Set in the near-future, the show will follow the first human mission to Mars – in particular the process of colonising another planet and the impact the astronauts’ trip has on the families they have left behind on earth.