BBC Three’s latest import Orphan Black doesn’t premiere on the channel until September 20th at 9pm (with a double-bill) but those eager to see the pilot episode can now do so via BBC iPlayer.
In a move which is said to have been spurred on by the recent success the channel saw with previewing Bad Education on iPlayer a week earlier than its TV broadcast – which is in fact part of a larger digital initiative by which all of the channel’s scripted comedy output will premiere on iPlayer a week ahead of broadcast – the full pilot episode of Orphan Black is currently available on the BBC’s VOD service.
Created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus), Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. 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: that 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. The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Space and stars Tatiana Maslany, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Elizabeth Saunders and Ron Lea.