BBC America revealed the first extended trailer for the channel’s new original series, Orphan Black. The new series is part mystery, part conspiracy thriller, part clone drama.
It premieres on BBC America Saturday, March 30th at 9 p.m.
Showrunner Graeme Manson spoke to TV Critics this past winter in Pasadena about the series. "Orphan Black was born ten years ago when my co-creator and creative partner John Fawcett said to me, 'Wouldn’t it be cool if' — and that’s how
he usually starts most of his sentences to us..."if you were standing in a train station and you looked across the tracks and you saw yourself, and in that moment your eyes met, and then you stepped in front of a train and committed suicide?' So that was ten years ago. We’ve been developing the project for a long time. We started for a couple of years trying to make it work as a feature. And as the story led us to our main character Sarah, and then led us to the fact that that person she saw across the tracks, that wasn’t a twin, that was a clone, we realized that we just couldn’t contain the story within a couple hours of a feature. So we shelved it for a while. Then the cable television landscape changed around us, and we realized that it would be a great series."
Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) has always been an orphan outsider. But a clone is never alone.Sarah hopes that cleaning out a dead woman’s bank account will solve all of 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 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, racing to find answers.
Maslany spoke of her character and all her clones: "It’s the greatest challenge I’ve ever faced as an actor that I’ve ever dreamed of. I could have never imagined that this would be something that I got to sink my teeth into. I mean, it’s fascinating. Sarah, herself, is a completely compelling, flawed human... just on the page, just brilliantly written. And then the other women are just as complex and as challenging. They’re not conventional women you see on screen, and that is what I absolutely adore about this piece. They’re all funny; they’re all dark; they’re all flawed; they’re all selfish. They’re human. There’s not one in the bunch that’s kind of stereotypical. And I really responded to that. So for me, it was about finding what the worldview of all these women were specifically, so that I could then change my physicality, I could work with dialects, which changes vocal placement, it changes a cadence. Education; all that stuff, affected, and it’s a lot of the clone kind of ideas, like who am I, what makes me me. And to get to kind of differentiate all these women is a total dream, and exhausting as well."
Orphan Black premieres Saturday, March 30, 9:00pm ET/PT, as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday.