Starz’s pirate drama Black Sails will receive its broadcast premiere on History UK on Tuesday July 14th at 10pm, it has been announced.
Created by Jonathan Steinberg, Black Sails is set 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island and tells the story of Captain Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, and his men. The drama series stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Clara Paget and Tom Hopper.
While Black Sails has previously been available to view on Amazon Prime Instant Video UK, this marks the first time that the series has received a linear broadcast on television, after History UK snapped up the rights to the pirate drama earlier this year as part of wider deal between parent company A+E Networks UK and Starz Worldwide Distribution. It is the second major prime-time drama to land a slot on History UK, following in the footsteps of Vikings.
Speaking at the time that the acquisition was announced, History UK’s Director of Programming Rachel Job said: “Black Sails is a thrilling drama with a treasure trove of colourful characters that really brings to life a remarkable and provocative period of history. Following the huge success of Vikings, we are really pleased to bring viewers another premium drama to History.”