BBC America to air new series for Orphan Black, Broadchurch
Michelle Clancy | 11 July 2014
Award-winning dramas Orphan Black and Broadchurch will return with new seasons to BBC America in 2015 along with two new dramas, namely Tatau, from the producers of Being Human, and The Last Kingdom, from the producers of Downton Abbey.
Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany, will return for a third season. The drama has been re-commissioned for a ten-episode order from Temple Street Productions. Orphan Black became the first ever ad-supported drama series to double its ratings from season one to season two in adults 25-54 and 18-49 in Live+7, according to Nielsen. The season two finale earned series highs in Live+7 among total viewers (1.376 million).
Broadchurch meanwhile will return for a second season as part of BBC America's Dramaville. The drama, produced by Kudos and Imaginary Friends Productions, written and created by Chris Chibnall, earned a Peabody Award following its premiere in the US last year. With an ensemble cast lead by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, the first season centred on a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy and the impact it had on a tight-knit community where everyone was a suspect. David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill will reprise their roles. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
BBC America will also co-produce new drama adventure series, Tatau, set in the Cook Islands, a paradise in the middle of the Pacific. The drama follows Kyle Connor and Pete 'Budgie' Griffiths, two 20-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. The BBC calls Tatau "an ambitious drama that explores the questions of identity, love and destiny".
In the Last Kingdom, a new historical drama series, writer Stephen Butchard will adapt Bernard Cornwell's best-selling franchise The Saxon Stories for the screen. Set in the year 872, when many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, the great kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred the Great. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.