Could BBC America come to be a serious rival for Syfy, when it comes to actual science fiction TV? The channel already took Doctor Who away from Syfy, and also featured some other great British imports like Outcasts. And now, BBC America is making more strides towards having its own original shows.

The channel's latest creation: Orphan Black, a co-production with Canada's Space channel, about an orphan who finds out she's actually one of a bunch of clones. Here's the official synopsis, via the press release:

Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman's suicide, Sarah assumes the strangers identity - who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth - she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there - genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she'll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.

I don't think "street-wise chameleon" here means that she can actually change her face — since that would somewhat undermine the impact of the other woman looking just like her. [via Futon Critic]