Season to Include UK Premiere of New Series “Snatch” and UK linear TV Premiere of Acclaimed Drama “Preacher”
Binge-Worthy AMC Series Marathons to Include “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Son,” “Into the Badlands” and “Hap and Leonard”
London – 5 October 2017 – BT and AMC announced today that consumers will be able to watch AMC free of charge from Saturday 28th October to Sunday 5th November via the Sky digital satellite platform. Viewers can catch a whole host of series marathons as well as the exclusive UK premiere of the new drama series “Snatch” starring Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter films) on 31st October at 10.00pm and the UK linear television premiere of the acclaimed supernatural drama “Preacher,” starring Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Mamma Mia!) on 30th October at 9.00pm.
“AMC is rightfully lauded for its outstanding range of programming, and we’re excited to offer a wider range of customers the opportunity to see some of the channel’s very best series free of charge,” commented Mike Moriarty, President, AMC Networks International, CE & UK. “Funny, thrilling, epic, ground-breaking and unique, we’re looking forward to showcasing a great line-up of shows that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.”
Tony Singh, Content and Business Development Director, BT TV added: “We’re really excited about our AMC Showcase week: we’ve packed the schedules with premieres and some of our best, binge-worthy shows. For this week, viewers will have the chance to sample the amazing content that our BT Sport customers already have access to, at no extra cost, as part of their BT Sport package on satellite.”
AMC is available free of charge in the UK to BT customers on channel number 332 on BT TV, and to BT Sport Pack subscribers on Sky channel 192. AMC is also available in HD on both BT TV and Sky with an HD subscription1. During the promotion, viewers will be able to access the channel free of charge at those numbers. Further information about key programming is listed below.
“Snatch” – 31st October at 10:00pm – Double Bill Premiere
Inspired by a real-life heist in London, the drama series “Snatch” is a reimagining of the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name. The drama centres on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high stakes world of organised crime. They must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.
“Snatch” stars Rupert Grint as the intelligent but chaotic Charlie Cavendish, Luke Pasqualino (“Skins,” “The Musketeers”) as the smart, aspirational Albert Hill, Dougray Scott (“Desperate Housewives,” My Week with Marilyn) as Vic Hill and Juliet Aubrey (Iris, “The White Queen”) as Lilly Hill, Albert’s criminal parents. Lucien Laviscount (“Scream Queens,” The Bye Bye Man) also stars as Billy Ayres, a wingman to Albert who is rough around the edges. Additionally, Marc Warren (“The Good Wife,” “Doctor Who,”) stars as crooked cop Bob Fink and Stephanie Leonidas (“Whitechapel,” Mirrormask) is the assertive Chloe Kohn, femme fatale in waiting. The series was created and executive produced by Alex De Rakoff (writer/director of Dead Man Running and The Calcium Kid).
The series was critically acclaimed when it recently premiered in the US. Variety called it “a punchy adventurous show” and praised its “young and talented cast” and People magazine said that “the reboot preserves the flashy grittiness of the 2000 crime caper but with a new generation of hucksters.”
“Preacher” – 30th October at 9:00pm
Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher” is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Once this power attracts the attention of two mysterious angels, Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
“Preacher” was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This is The End, Superbad, Neighbours) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun (Pride, “This Is England”) as Cassidy and Ruth Negga (World War Z, Loving) as Tulip.
Reviewers heaped praise on the series when it premiered in the US with TV Line hailing it as “funny, sexy, offbeat-as-hell” and the Boston Herald concluding that “Preacher is a black comedy, a horror funhouse, a mild meditation on belief and a wicked good time. There’s nothing left to say but: Amen.”
Viewers can catch up on the first episode on 30th October at 9:00pm and see the linear TV premiere of the second episode at 10:00pm.
Below is further information about key series marathons.
“Hap and Leonard” – 28th October at 9:00pm
The utterly unique ‘swamp-noir’ comic thriller “Hap and Leonard,” based on the enormously popular series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale, tells the tale of two best friends (James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams), one femme fatale (Christina Hendricks), a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot and the fuzz. All six episodes of season one begin at 9.00pm on Saturday 28th October.
“The Son” – 29th October at 7:00pm
Starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye, Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), “The Son,” based on The New York Times best seller and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel of the same name, is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The entire first season of ten episodes can be seen from 7.00pm on Sunday 29th October.
“Into the Badlands” – 2nd November at 9:00pm
The thrilling martial arts drama “Into the Badlands” tells the story of a great warrior (Daniel Wu) and a young boy (Aramis Knight) who embark on a journey across a dangerous land. All six episodes of season one can be seen from 9.00pm on Thursday 2nd November.
“Fear the Walking Dead” – 4th November at 9:00pm
Viewers can see all 16 episodes of season three of “Fear the Walking Dead,” beginning with the first eight episodes from 9.00pm on Saturday 4th November and the next eight episodes from the same time on Sunday 5th November. “Fear the Walking Dead” is the companion series to the phenomenally successful “The Walking Dead” and traces the beginnings of the undead apocalypse.
AMC will also present a range of films during the week including W. at 6.30pm on Saturday 28th October, Bruce Almighty on Tuesday 31st October at 1.00pm, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain on Saturday 28th October at 1.00pm and Mrs Pettigrew Lives For a Day on Monday 30th October at 3.00pm.
About AMC Global
AMC Global, a business unit of AMC Networks International, commemorates favourite films from every genre and decade and showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that have re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 125 countries. AMC Global is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
About AMC Networks International – UK
AMC Networks International – UK is a leading international broadcaster and distributor of eleven thematic television channels across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The diverse portfolio includes AMC, SundanceTV, Eva, Extreme Sports Channel and MGM Channel together with joint venture and partnership channels: Outdoor Channel, plus CBS Drama, CBS Action, CBS Reality, CBS Europa and Horror Channel with CBS Studios International. The consolidated and joint venture channels reach audiences in more than 160 million homes across over 140 countries and in 26 languages.
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International which delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information, visit: www.www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.
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For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.
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