AMC Global – the AMC branded channel here in the UK, which is available exclusively to BT TV customers – has secured the exclusive UK broadcast rights to Crackle’s Snatch TV adaptation, starring Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint, after striking a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television.
Snatch centers 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 organized 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.
The ten episode drama series, which was inspired by a real life heist in London and is loosely based on the Guy Ritchie film of the same name, is produced by Little Island Productons and stars Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino, Lucien Laviscourt, Marc Warren, Stephanie Leonidas, Phoebe Dynevor, Juliet Aubrey, Tamer Hassan and Dougray Scott. Snatch was created by Alex De Rakoff, who serves as an executive producer alongside Rupert Grint. Crackle has already renewed the series for a second season.
Since they launched on BT TV a couple of years ago, the UK arm of AMC Global has slowly been building a slate of first run U.S. scripted acquisitions. Snatch joins the likes of The Walking Dead prequel Fear The Walking Dead and fellow AMC original series The Son and The Terror – all of which premiere in the UK on the channel. They also hold linear rights to Better Call Saul, which initially airs on Netflix UK; and Into The Badlands and Halt & Catch Fire, both of which get first window runs on Amazon.
Notably, this is a rare third party acquisition for AMC Global. The channel generally sticks to AMC original programming for their slate, but have in the past swooped for content from other providers and/or networks; the most notable example being the WGN America Word War II drama Manhattan, which told the story of the top secret project to develop nuclear weapons. They also previously picked up all eight seasons of Showtime’s Weeds, the latter two seasons of which had never aired in the UK after Sky Atlantic dropped the dark comedy series in 2013.