BBC America announced the renewal of both Orphan Black and Broadchurch today during their press conference at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. They also introduced two new series for 2015: Tatau and The Last Kingdom.
Orphan Black has been renewed for a 10-episode season 3, which will begin production this fall and premiere in Spring 2015. The series introduced a new mystery in the season 2 finale with Project Castor which produced a line of male clones, including Mark. This development expands the show's mythology going into season 3.
Broadchurch will return for season 2 in 2015. David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill will reprise their roles. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D'Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast for the second season.
Tatau starts filming in September 2014 with a yet-to-be announced cast. According to BBC America, the series is set in the Cook Islands, a paradise in the middle of the Pacific and follows Kyle Connor and Pete 'Budgie' Griffiths, two twenty-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. They've worked hard, saved even harder and they're now eager to soak up as many different cultures and experiences as possible.
Ahead of the journey, Kyle gets a Maori-style tattoo to celebrate their eventual destination: the Cook Islands. But upon his arrival in the South Pacific, Kyle is unsettled by the local people's reaction to his tattoo - it clearly has a significance that he is entirely unaware of.
Later, while snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle discovers the dead body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater. When he returns with the police, the corpse has disappeared. Budgie questions if his friend is going mad, but Kyle begins to believe that he has instead seen into the future. Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked into a desperate race to prevent Aumea's murder, as Kyle learns that his gifts don't stop at prophecy... and the full meaning of the tattoo is soon revealed. Tatau is an ambitious drama that explores the questions of identity, love and destiny.
The Last Kingdom is set in 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.
The series is full of heroic deeds and epic battles, but with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. 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.
(Image courtesy of BBC America.)