A new cop show set in Surrey is coming to CBC Gem in the winter of 2024. Allegiance will star Supinder Wraich (Sort Of) as a rookie officer, Sabrina Sohal. Sohal’s father, Ajeet (Continuum’s Stephen Lobo), is a politician in the series.
The ensemble cast also includes Enrico Colantoni (Station Eleven) as Sohal’s training officer. In addition, Allegiance will feature Adolyn H. Dar (Superman & Lois), Brian Markinson (A Million Little Things), and David Cubbitt (Virgin River).
Lark Productions is currently producing Allegiance in the Lower Mainland in association with Universal International Studios. Writer Anar Ali (Transplant) created this drama, which CBC describes as a “procedural” in a CBC news release. This term suggests that it will include realistic and detailed depictions of police work.
Ali shares the executive producer credit with showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis.
“CBC greenlit this 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,” said Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC, in a news release. “We can’t wait to watch as Lark Productions, Anar, Mark, Stephanie and this remarkable cast bring Allegiance to life.”
Allegiance filmed in midst of police transition
Some Surrey residents might wonder if Sabrina Sohal will be presented as a member of the Surrey Police Service.
In fact, Wraich’s character will be with an “unnamed (at least at this stage of production) national, federal Canadian policing agency”, according to CBC.
However, it’s an open question how long the Mounties will continue policing the streets of Surrey.
Last month, B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth introduced legislation allowing him to cancel the City of Surrey’s contract with the RCMP.
This law received royal assent on October 26. The B.C. NDP government hopes that it will force the City of Surrey to proceed with a municipal police force.