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Sarah Manning witnesses the death of a woman who looks exactly like her. She decides to escape her dramatic life and take the woman's identity for her own. But converting to a new life is harder than she expected.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Siobhan Sadler
Detective Angela DeAngelis
Lieutenant Gavin Hardcastle
Kira Manning
Dr. Anita Bower
Domenico Fiore ...
Police Captain (as Dom Fiore)
Justin Skye Conley ...
Diana Salvatore ...
Nicholas Rose ...
Internal Affairs Suit


Sarah, a streetwise hustler on the run from a lifetime of bad decisions, witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity hoping that cleaning out the dead woman's bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. After taking on the new identity, Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers. Written by Temple Street Productions

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi


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30 March 2013 (USA)  »

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According to a birth certificate Sarah finds, Alison Hendrix was born April 4th, 1984. See more »


Both of the main British characters routinely use the swear "f*c*ing shite" pronounced with a hard i like in "bite" instead of "bit". Only Northerners, Scottish and Irish do this. Although Felix and Sarah are from London, they were raised by Siobhan who is Irish, it's likely they inherited some of her language in childhood. See more »


[first lines]
Railroad Engineer: [the railroad engineer speaks over the PA System in the train] Huxley station.
Sarah Manning: [Sarah is startled to wake up] Shit!
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Bad Girls
Written by M.I.A., Nate Hills and Marcella Araica
Performed by M.I.A.
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Effects marred by low budget, but an intriguing premise and good writing form a pilot worth a watch.
18 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

As a Canadian, it is great to see such a high quality Canadian science fiction show. This comes with the caveat that it doesn't have a particularly high budget. It doesn't seem to need much in the way of budget, but in the few instances when someone gets shot in the head, for instance, you can tell that you are watching something that doesn't have the budget of a movie. I like the fact that it throws you right in the deep end. When a street- wise hustler witnesses the death of someone who looks exactly like her, she assumes the dead woman's identity to steal her money. You can see immediately that this was a

bad plan, as things quickly start to unravel for her. I like the premise, although I hope it gets more complicated and we get into more science fiction. It was pretty well written as well. Some good dialogue, although some elements were a bit cliché. Overall, a strong pilot with some room for improvement that I hope will take place.

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