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BBC America Sets a Premiere Date for Clone Saga 'Orphan Black'

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire February 7, 2013 at 3:23PM

BBC America's set a premiere date for its newest show "Orphan Black" -- Saturday, March 30th at 9pm will be the kickoff for the sci-fi series, which willl air between the season premiere of "Doctor Who" at 8pm and the series premiere of Chris Hardwick's "The Nerdist" at 10pm.
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'Orphan Black'
BBC America 'Orphan Black'

BBC America's set a premiere date for its newest show "Orphan Black" -- Saturday, March 30th at 9pm will be the kickoff for the sci-fi series, which willl air between the season premiere of "Doctor Who" at 8pm and the series premiere of Chris Hardwick's "The Nerdist" at 10pm.

Created by "Ginger Snaps" director John Fawcett and "Cube" writer Graeme Manson, the Canadian co-production stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, a street-smart orphaned foster kid who steals the identity of a woman named Beth after witnessing her suicide. Rather than being able to live easy off the borrowed bank account, Sarah finds herself caught in a conspiracy after she learns that she and the dead woman were clones, and possibly not the only ones.

Jordan Gavaris ("Degrassi"), Dylan Bruce ("NCIS"), Maria Doyle Kennedy ("Downton Abbey"), Michael Mando ("The Killing"), Kevin Hanchard ("Republic of Doyle") and Skyler Wexler ("Carrie") also appear in the 10-episode thriller, which was written by Manson and directed by Fawcett.

"As we get deeper into the show and peel back the layers, we unearth the conspiracy and the philosophy behind those responsible for the circumstances our characters are facing," Manson said, with Fawcett adding "It's a thrill ride with no shortage of hooks; the 'how is she going to get out of this?' question will be answered by Sarah invariably not getting 'out', but going deeper."

A trailer for the series is below:


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