The Bionic Woman

Michelle Ryan (Mansfield Park, Jekyll, EastEnders) is the Bionic Woman in David Eick’s remake of the iconic seventies series.

Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) didn’t think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death’s door, Jaime’s only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.

With a whole new existence and a debt to re-pay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good – while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it’s Jaime’s journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman in this new action-drama series.

Michelle Ryan reckons she could probably kick butt on the streets if need be following her rigorous training routine for the role of the Bionic Woman.

“Certainly when I was training regularly I think I could handle in a situation,” she laughs. “You’d have to think hard not to let on the moves you were going to make though or it would be a bit obvious.”

Michelle needed to learn a new form of exercise to prepare for the role of the Bionic Woman.

“Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art discipline with lots of spinning, flying kicks and using elbows and knees. It’s about learning how to disarm someone if they had a gun pointing at your head. There’s lots of street fighting. It’s really hardcore stuff.

“I had to do an hour and a half working with a personal trainer five or six days a week and then two hours with a Krav Maga tutor two or three times a week. It was intense but I got great abs from doing it so it was worth the effort.

“I used to dance and have always been quite athletic so I had good coordination and find exercise fairly easy to get into.”

In the opening episode a devastating car accident leaves Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) at death’s door and her only hope of survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology performed by her boyfriend, Dr. Will Anthros (Chris Bowers). But with her new bionics come a covert life that she is not sure she is ready to lead. Meanwhile, the first bionic woman Sarah Corvus (guest star Katee Sackhoff), has her own agenda as she tracks down Jaime and Will – which leads to a showdown between the two bionic woman. Also, Will’s father, Dr. Anthony Anthros (Mark Sheppard) escapes from a maximum security prison.

Also starring are: Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) as Jonas Bledsoe, the man who employs Jaime’s boyfriend; Molly Price (Third Watch) as Ruth Truewell, Jonas’ second-in-command; Chris Bowers (Rescue Me) as Will Anthros, Jaime’s boyfriend, who performs the operation; Will Yun Lee (Witchblade) as Jae Kim, the specialized operations leader; Lucy Kate Hale (How I Met Your Mother), as Jaime’s younger sister, Becca; and Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galatica) as Dr. Anthony Anthros, Will’s father and the man who originated the bionic technology.

The executive producers are David Eick (Battlestar Galatica, American Gothic) and Jason Smilovic (Kidnapped). Bionic Woman is an NBC Universal production for ITV2.

Tuesday 11 March 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV2.

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