BBC America started out as a channel we yanks turned to for a healthy helping of across-the-pond programming, but it didn’t waste any time in carving out its own identity. And speaking of identity, the network has an upcoming original scripted series entitled Orphan Black about a woman named Sarah who finds out she’s a clone after seeing a woman commit suicide, and that woman looks exactly like her. Sarah discovers that she and the dead woman may not be the only clones out there and sets out to find answers, placing herself smack dab in the center of a dangerous conspiracy.
Orphan Black is set to premiere the first of its ten episode season on Saturday, March 30 at 9/8 Central. A teaser trailer for the series was released by BBC America on Christmas day. You can check it out below.
Here’s a synopsis of the show from BBC America’s Orphan Black website:
Sarah has always lived the life of an orphan outsider. But a clone is never alone.
Sarah hopes that cleaning out a dead woman’s bank account will solve all her problems. Instead, her problems multiply – and so does she. Experience a whole new side of BBC AMERICA with the channel’s next original scripted series, “Orphan Black,” the exciting and ambitious new addition to the Supernatural Saturday programming block. “Orphan Black” features rising star Tatiana Maslany “(Cas & Dylan,” “Picture Day”) in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones…
but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her. Orphan Black premieres Saturday, March 30, 9:00pm ET/PT, as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday.
This suspenseful, sexy thriller also stars Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi”), Dylan Bruce (“As The World Turns”) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Downton Abbey”). Orphan Black is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (“Being Erica”), Graeme Manson (“Flashpoint”), and John Fawcett (“Spartacus”). The drama is co-created by Manson and Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director.
Orphan Black stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, the protagonist of the series. Here’s a character description of Sarah from the website.
Sarah is a natural chameleon, a born outsider living on the fringes by wits and graft. She began life in an English orphanage and was bounced around foster homes until she landed on the doorstep of Mrs. S, who finally adopted her and her foster brother Felix. When Sarah was 14, Mrs. S uprooted them under suspicious circumstances and moved them to North America. Sarah steadfastly remained the English punk, a street smart stray with a reckless streak and a loyal heart. She’s made bad choices in life, but she’s always done right by her daughter Kira, even if that meant the pain of separation. Now, all Sarah wants is to reunite with Kira and turn over a new leaf…but her encounter with Beth changes everything.
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