Breaking Bad is returning to free-to-air television in the UK. Viacom’s soon-to-launch Spike UK has announced that the series will premiere on at Wednesday April 15th at 11pm, and will continue to air on weekdays in the same time-slot.
Created by Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston) a mild-mannered chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte) who has cerebral palsy. When White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family’s financial future at any cost as he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime.
As previously reported, Spike UK’s acquisition of Breaking Bad from series producer and international distributor Sony Pictures Television means that this will be the first time that all five season have aired on UK television. The first season original aired on FX UK, the series then moved to Spike’s sister outlet Channel 5 for its second season. However, citing low ratings, C5 opted not to air the remaining seasons. That said, all five seasons, as well as spin-off Better Call Saul, have been made available on Netflix UK.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.