AMC Global has firmed up a launch date for the UK channel.
The AMC branded channel will be available exclusively on BT TV from August 28th, with a launch slate that includes the (previously announced) exclusive UK premiere of The Walking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead and SundanceTV’s southern drama Rectify.
In addition, AMC Global has announced that they will air AMC’s martial arts drama Into The Badlands in the UK in 2016, as well as a number of upcoming original series from AMC and SundanceTV and drama series from outside studios and networks. Turn and Halt & Catch Fire are not expected to come to the UK channel, however, as Amazon Prime Instant Video UK holds first run rights to both shows.
Created by Ray McKinnon, Rectify follows Daniel Holden who, after new exculpatory evidence is found, is released from prison after nearly 20 years of complete isolation on Death Row, he returns as an outsider to his family, to his community, and to the times. The drama series stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith Cameron, Luke Kirby, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clemens, Bruce McKinnon, Jake Austin Walker, Michael O’Neill and Hal Holbrook.
“We’re thrilled to partner with BT for the first-ever launch of AMC in the UK”, said Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC and Sundance Channel Global. “There is a tremendous level of excitement around the debut of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the series exclusively for UK audiences on AMC from BT. The network will also feature other dramas from AMC Networks including the acclaimed series ‘Rectify’ from the producers of ‘Breaking Bad’ to complement its line-up of popular movies.”
“We’re delighted that our viewers will be able to experience the start of the zombie apocalypse when AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ debuts exclusively to BT customers”, added Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV & BT Sport. “We’re only a few weeks away from one of television’s most compelling new dramas, and we’re looking forward to sharing AMC’s outstanding selection of series and films with our customers.”