Orange Is The New Black will have its broadcast premiere in the UK on Sony Channel.

The first series of the Emmy Award winning production, from Lionsgate, will launch with a double bill every Wednesday at 9pm from the 19th of April.

This critically acclaimed series, based on a memoir of the same name, is about engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman – played by Taylor Schilling – whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancĂ© Larry (Jason Biggs), for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large.

As she struggles to adjust to her new reality, she finds unexpected laughter, tears, conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates. The series also stars Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols), Michael Harney (Sam Healy), Laverne Cox (Sophia Burset) and Kate Mulgrew (Galina “Red” Reznikov).

For its first stateside aired season, Orange Is The New Black received 12 Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. It launched in 2013 on steaming service Netflix.

“This thought-provoking, boundary-breaking, television phenomenon will have you committed from the start.” – Sony Channel

Sony Channel airs in the UK on Sky 157, Virgin 193, BT 331 and TalkTalk 331

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