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CBC’s new Surrey-set police drama focuses on policing, politics, flawed justice system

‘Allegiance’ is set to debut Feb. 7 with the promise of an international audience via NBCUniversal
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From left, actors Enrico Colantoni (as Vince Brambilla) and Supinder Wraich (Sabrina Sohal) in CBC’s new Surrey-set police drama, “Allegiance.” (Photo: CBC/Lark Productions)

Set and filmed in Surrey, a new CBC police drama called “Allegiance” will be seen by audiences around the world following its Canadian debut in February.

Billed as “a character-driven police procedural” in the style of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” the show’s ensemble cast includes Supinder Wraich, Enrico Colantoni, Stephen Lobo, Adolyn H. Dar, Brian Markinson and David Cubitt.

“Allegiance,” which recently wrapped filming in Surrey and other Metro Vancouver locations, will debut Feb. 7 on CBC-TV and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

The series “focuses on identity and belonging, policing and politics, and finding truth within the heart of a flawed justice system,” according to a Nov. 6 news release posted to cbc.ca.

From creator Anar Ali (“Transplant”), the drama stars Wraich as Sabrina Sohal, “a star rookie police officer who must grapple with the limits of the justice system as she fights to exonerate her politician father Ajeet Sohal (Lobo).

“Sohal serves her diverse hometown of Surrey alongside Vince Brambilla (Colantoni), a veteran training officer who sees her potential but doesn’t always agree with her forward-thinking methods. ‘Allegiance’ is the story of a young woman caught between her allegiance to her flag, to her badge, and to her family.”

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Actors in CBC’s Surrey-set “Allegiance” police drama include (clockwise from top left) Supinder Wraich, Enrico Colantoni, Stephen Lobo, David Cubitt, Brian Markinson and Adolyn H. Dar. (Photo: cbc.ca)

A trailer for “Allegiance” shows aerial views of Surrey and a “Canadian Federal Police Corps” building, described as the largest detachment of the police force.

“Allegiance” is brought to CBC by Lark Productions in association with Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, with NBCUniversal Global Distribution handling global distribution of the series.

Stated Sally Catto, general manager of CBC’s Entertainment, Factual & Sports department, says the broadcaster greenlit the “thoughtful and timely drama because it will offer audiences an emotionally gritty yet hopeful story that hasn’t been told before, reflecting the complexities of policing and justice in contemporary Canada from multiple perspectives.”



Tom Zillich

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