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Orphan Black

Amazon has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide North America to bring sci-fi series Orphan Black exclusively to its Prime Instant Video streaming service.

Series one is now available to stream on Amazon's service. Series two starts on BBC America on 19 April.

The series stars Golden Globe-nominee Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning. Manning is an outsider who witnesses a suicide and then assumes the identity of the dead woman, only to find out they're both clones.

The series was created by award-winning director John Fawcett (Lost Girl) and writer Graeme Manson (Flashpoint). It also stars Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard and Skyler Wexler.

"Orphan Black is exactly the type of smart, suspenseful TV show that our customers love to binge on," Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said.

"It's easy to see why Tatiana Maslany was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Orphan Black.

"We're excited to offer the first and future seasons exclusively to Prime members at no extra cost, continuing our tradition of offering a wide variety of great content we know our customers will enjoy."

Amazon Prime Instant Video is what used to be known as Lovefilm. Since rebranding the service, Amazon has launched its own homegrown series, Alpha House, starring John Goodman.

Amazon also saved the axed BBC drama Ripper Street, by funding a third series which will air exclusively on Prime Instant Video.

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