Star Trek may be more associated with the big screen than the small these days, but there will soon be a new Star Trek TV series to keep fans new and old happy. Here's what you need to know about Star Trek: Discovery.

[Read more: Meet the cast and characters of Star Trek Discovery]

What is Star Trek: Discovery?

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The first trailer for the new Star Trek TV show reveals it will be set 10 years before Captain Kirk, Spock and the Starship Enterprise of the original 60s TV series.

It seems there will be a new ship and new characters and features a return of the Klingons.The series is billed as "a new chapter in the Star Trek saga".

The storyline will be stripped across one season, rather than self-contained episodes.

For the first time, the show will focus on a lead character, who isn't the captain.

"There have been six series all from the captains’ perspective, and it felt like for this new iteration of Star Trek, we need to look at life on a Starfleet vessel from a new perspective," said the series original showrunner Bryan Fuller.

Fuller has exited the series as showrunner and has been replaced by Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies).

Who stars in Star Trek: Discovery?

The cast features among others Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead, Jason Isaacs (who you might recognise as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Tomorrow Never Dies).

The latest trailers suggest that a war with the Klingons — possibly involving a nefarious Starfleet faction — will be central to the show's first season. 

Series lead Sonequa Martin-Green features prominently in the trailer as First Officer Michael Burnham, along with supporting Starfleet characters U.S.S. Shenzhou Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and Science Officer Saru (Doug Jones), as well as U.S.S. Discovery Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs).

Martin-Green is the first African-American woman to lead a Star Trek series, and she is one of the first lead characters who isn’t a starship captain.

Actor Mark Lenard appears as the Vulcan Sarek (Spock’s father), and Rainn Wilson appears as cosmic swindler Harry Mudd. The interstellar con man made his 1966 debut in the first season of the original Star Trek series. The character was originally portrayed by Roger C. Carmel,

Which channel is Star Trek: Discovery on?

Star Trek: Discovery will stream later this year on Netflix in the UK. Netflix is available via your BT TV box.

Browsing and watching Netflix directly through your BT TV box is quick and easy. Press the YouView button on your remote, go to Players & Apps, select Players and click on Netflix.

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The streaming service has said the series will "feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers."

First look at the Star Trek: Discovery trailer

Watch the first-look trailer below. CONTENT WARNING: Not suitable for younger audiences.

The trailer opens with Captain Philippa Georgiou, played by Yeoh, telling First Officer Michael Burnham (Martin-Green) that it is time for her first command as they walk across a desert planet. There are also scenes on the bridge of the Discovery as the ship engages the Klingons.

This second trailer was screened at Comic Con revealing plenty more clues on how the Starfleet meet the Klingons.

How many Star Trek: Discovery episodes will there be?

The first series will feature 15 episodes - two more than the previously announced 13.

When does Star Trek: Discovery start?

Star Trek: Discovery starts on Monday 25th September on Netflix, one day after it will begin on CBS in the US.

Will I be able to stream all of the Star Trek: Discovery episodes at once?

Not at first. Unlike many other shows on Netflix, each episode of Star Trek: Discovery will be released on a weekly basis, less than 24 hours after it premieres in the US.

However, once each of the 15 episodes have aired, the entire season will be available to stream at once.

Where can I watch other Star Trek series?

Fortunately each of the previous Star Trek series are avialable to stream on Netflix. This includes Star Trek Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek: The Original Series. 

Watch the official series trailer from Netflix


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