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Netflix has renewed 'Sense8', setting the scene for a second series of the Wachowski brothers' ('The Matrix') series.

It follows eight characters from around the world who discover they are mentally linked to each other. They can borrow each other's languages, knowledge and other skills and feel each other's pain. Together, they have to find a way to survive those who believe them to be a global threat.

Netflix made the announcement the show, which stars Tuppence Middleton ('Jupiter Ascending'), Doona Bae ('Cloud Atlas'), Daryl Hannah ('Blade Runner'), Naveen Andrews ('Lost') and Brian J. Smith ('Stargate Universe'), on Twitter.

Here's the trailer for the first series, which launched in June.

Netflix is investing big money in original shows like 'Sense8'. It's made critically-acclaimed hits like 'House of Cards', 'Orange is the New Black' and 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'.

It also plans to own its homegrown shows in future.

At the moment it only rents them from the studios that produce them. But owning them will give the streaming giant more control over when and where they're shown, and earn it more money from DVD sales and licensing.

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