We know you’ve been counting down the days until Sarah, Cosima, Alison, and the rest of the Orphan Black gang return to our screens, and we only have a week and a day to go! (Season 2 premieres April 19.) So just to make those eight days go by as quickly as possible, here’s a list of British movies and TV shows you may enjoy to kill the time:
1. Never Let Me Go
Based on the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro, the movie follows the lives of three friends, Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield), and Ruth (Keira Knightley) as they progress from the boarding school where they were raised to the dark reality of why they were born. Hint: it’s all about the implications of cloning. #CloneClub
A group of delinquent teens get struck by lighting in a freak storm and develop powers…and struggle to keep a probation officer alive as they complete their community service hours. I imagine that if Sarah and Felix had stayed in London, they’d have crossed paths with these guys at some point or another. Oh, the mayhem that would ensue…
3. Children of Men
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) directed this futuristic dystopian film where women are now infertile, civilizations are falling apart, humanity’s future is uncertain, and the world basically just in complete chaos. By some miracle, one woman becomes pregnant and Theon Faron (Clive Owen) helps transport her to sanctuary. Julianne Moore and Michael Caine also star in the movie.
4. Life on Mars
When Manchester Police Officer Sam Tyler (John Simm) gets hit by a car he wakes up to find himself at the same police station, but in 1973. As Tyler solves crime with Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) he tries to figure out if he’s alive, dead, in a coma, or actually traveling through time. It’s basically about your entire world turned on its head and then having a serious self-discovery as the result of a vehicular accident—ringing any bells. #CloneClub?
5. Ashes to Ashes
And if you get through all of Life of Mars and find you still have a few days left and miss Gene Hunt and his Manchester crew, look into Ashes, which was the sequel to the series. This one stars Keeley Hawes as Alex Drake, a London police officer who transferred from Manchester, gets shot, and wakes up in 1981.
Bonus binge prep: because this show stars Hawes, you can get pumped for Orphan Black AND Doctor Who at the same time. (Keeley is set to guest-star on Doctor Who Season 8 later this year.) This is what I call efficient television watching.
Orphan Black returns to BBC America Saturday April 19 at 9/8c!
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