Sky1 reaches Stargate Universe

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Having already scored ratings successes with Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1, British broadcaster Sky1 has picked up another show from the popular franchise: Stargate Universe.

The series, which is yet to air in America, follows a team of space explorers who are forced to defend themselves after their hidden base comes under attack. It will be aired in the UK this October, just four days after its international debut on US Channel SyFy.

The show welcomes an array of old faces from its sister shows, including Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping, and also stars British legend Robert Carlyle, best known for his roles in The Full Monty and Trainspotting, as well as more recent TV roles in series such as 24 .

So how similar is this latest series to the rest of the sci-fi franchise? Well, according to its creator, Robert Cooper: "Stargate Universe is darker and grittier, but at its core, it really is still Stargate. It's not going to be depressing and dark".

Stargate Universe premieres on Sky1 and Sky1 HD on Tuesday, October 6. Will you be watching?

VIDEO: Get a sneak peak at the new series.

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