A co-production with Space, the series will air as part of BBC America’s ‘Supernatural Saturdays’ line-up, home of Being Human and Doctor Who.
Orphan Black is set to begin filming in Toronto this autumn and is co-created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus).
The ten-part series will follow the mysterious life of Sarah, a street-wise outsider and orphan who makes the shocking discovery that she is a clone.
Corrie Coe from Bell Media commented: “Orphan Black has the perfect blend of excitement, mystery and action. We’re delighted that what was initially developed at The Canadian Film Centre by Graeme Manson has found a home on Space and BBC America, and we look forward to working with all our partners to bring this exciting new project to life.”
BBC Worldwide America’s Perry Simon added: “[Orphan Black] promises to be a genre game changer. Move over zombies — send in the clones!”
The official synopsis reads: “After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the strangers identity – who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth – she and the dead woman are clones.
“As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there – genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she’ll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.”
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