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Science fiction thriller Orphan Black is being localised for the first time, following a deal between BBC Worldwide and Japanese producer Telepack for Tokai TV.

Orphan Black Japan 30 Nov 2017Orphan Black – 7 Genes will be the first version of the series outside the original BBC America drama, and becomes the BBC’s first scripted format in Asia.

Starring South Korean actress and singer Kang Ji-Young as the main character, Orphan Black – 7 Genes will premiere on 2 December on the Fuji TV Nationwide Network free-to-air across Japan.

In the drama, Sara Aoyama (Kang Ji-Young), a desperate single mother who wishes to live with her daughter Moe in peace, witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. When she decides to steal the woman’s identity to run away from her problems, she unlocks a complex world of secrets that throw the life she has known into chaos. Sara discovers she doesn’t just look like this woman, she’s genetically identical: a clone – and she’s not the only one.

“Orphan Black has won multiple awards and has been seen in over 170 territories around the world. We are very happy that we are partnering with Tokai TV to produce the first Orphan Black format in Asia. Starring South Korean break-out star Kang Ji-Young in the Japanese version, we are confident that the series will resonate with audiences in Japan, South Korea, and the rest of Asia where she is well known,” said Soojin Chung, GM of BBC Worldwide in North East Asia.

Keisuke Matsumoto, producer, Tokai TV, added: “This is a truly challenging project from the casting of the lead actress to getting the cinematography and post-production right. The original BBC America Orphan Black drama has been well received by audiences worldwide, there is pressure to do the series justice, but there is also an excitement in producing a Japanese version of a global hit.”

The original Orphan Black series was produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, in association with BBC America and Space. It was co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, then written by Manson and directed by Fawcett.

The original version won a George Foster Peabody award and a best-actress Emmy and Critics’ Choice award for lead actress Tatiana Maslany.