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Old May 13 2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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BBC Three Gets Orphan Black Rights

BBC Three have picked up the UK rights to air Orphan Black. No details on when it's going to air other than "Upcoming schedules."

BBC Three announced today that it has acquired Orphan Black, a suspenseful thriller produced by BBC America, Bell Media and Temple Street Productions.


This exciting and ambitious 10-part drama is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. It is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.


Perry Simon, General Manager of BBC America, says: “Orphan Black has met with terrific excitement in the US from critics, the audience and across social media. Graeme and John have created an intricate web that keeps you guessing at every turn and at the heart of the action Tatiana Maslany’s performance is simply dazzling. We couldn’t be more pleased that UK viewers are getting the chance to join in the fun.”
Rising star Tatiana Maslany (The Nativity, Picture Day) plays Sarah Manning, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of this solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who her doppelganger really is...


Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, adds: "Orphan Black is an intriguing roller-coaster ride of a thriller with a complex and engaging plot and a virtuoso performance by Tatiana Maslany – we are delighted that it is going to be part of BBC Three’s upcoming schedule."
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Old May 13 2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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Didn't Sarah Michelle Gellar do a series with the same plot?
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Old May 13 2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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Ringer, well the plot was more along the lines are twin sisters separated at birth, one rich and in a loveless marriage, one poor, they find each other and the rich one fakes her own death so the poor one takes over her life, while the rich one goes off to find a different life. Or something along those lines. Saw an episode or two and didn't really care for it.

I believe Orphan Black is more "sci-fi" in nature, in that it's not twins but clones.
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Old May 13 2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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BBC Three have picked up the UK rights to air Orphan Black. No details on when it's going to air other than "Upcoming schedules."
On a tangential note, did the BBC ever pick up Copper, BBC America's other big original drama?
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I've enjoyed the series so far. A strange premise and well done by Tatiana Maslany.
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On a tangential note, did the BBC ever pick up Copper, BBC America's other big original drama?
Nope.
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BBC Three have picked up the UK rights to air Orphan Black. No details on when it's going to air other than "Upcoming schedules."
On a tangential note, did the BBC ever pick up Copper, BBC America's other big original drama?
I seem to remember FOX UK picked up the rights, along with Da Vinci's Demons but they've aired that and not Copper, so maybe not. Ah, seems it was FX bought the international rights not including the UK, so it's airing on FX and FOX elsewhere.
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Season one of Copper was really quite good. However, I also later watched Ripper Street and the two are very similar. Maybe they didn't want two such similar shows; does Ripper Street air on BBC One or Three?
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BBC One, I didn't see any of it, nor Broadchurch. I've missed loads lately.

BBC Three had Being Human, and it's latest show was In The Flesh, which I think is coming to BBC America soon. Very interesting show, hoping for more.
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Re: BBC Three Gets Orphan Black Rights

Orphan Black is probably my favorite show I'm currently watching so far. I just hope they keep this up for Season 2, even though I kind of want them to slow the story down a little. I'm wondering how they are going to keep this pace up.
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^I've wondered that myself. I'm really enjoying it so far but I wonder how long they can possibly sustain this storyline? We shall see, I guess.
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10 episodes per season, it's not hard to pre-plot 5 years.
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