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Orphan Black season five comes to Amazon Prime in May

Monday, April 16th 2018 by Emma Woollacott

The long wait is over for Amazon Prime users desperate to see the final outcome of Orphan Black - the last season, season 5, is set to air on 12 May.

Like the previous four series, season five has 10 episodes, and originally aired on BBC America last summer. And while the show hasn't had the most enormous ratings, it has built up a keen following and has been critically acclaimed for its clever use of mythological and literary themes, as well as its outstanding leading actress.

The Canadian science fiction thriller follows the story of Sarah Manning. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, she discovers that she is actually one of a number of clones, created illegally, and that someone is out to kill them all.

She steals the identity of one of her clones and embarks on a quest to find out the truth in a plot that has strong echoes of Greek mythology and is full of twists and turns.

Created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, it stars Tatiana Maslany as Sarah and her clones. The part allows the Emmy-winning actress to show off an extraordinary acting range, portraying versions of herself from American housewife Alison to wild Ukranian Helena.

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The show examines themes of family and identity and riffs on philosophical ideas derived from a dizzying range of sources: from Charles Darwin to HG Wells, from Dwight Eisenhower to Californian feminist and scientist Donna Haraway. Season 5 - small spoiler alert - references Ella Wheeler Wilcox and her poem 'Protest'.

Amazon Prime viewers aren't the first in the UK to see the final series - it hit Netflix last June, at the same time as its release on BBC America and Canada's Space channel. All the same, it's probably best not to say too much more about the final season, except to assure viewers that it wraps everything up in a very satisfactory manner.

Sarah and her clones team up to protect their families in a plot that's full of surprises and really showcases the talents of Maslany, who's playing about three-quarters of the roles on screen at any given time. The special effects are really outstanding.

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