The channel, which will be called AMC from BT, will be the exclusive U.K. home of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to global hit “The Walking Dead.” The first episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” will be made available free of charge to all audiences on the BT Showcase Channel on the Freeview platform, as well as premiering on AMC from BT on Aug. 31. The AMC from BT channel will be available for free to all BT TV and BT Sport subscribers.
The channel will also premiere the drama “Rectify,” from the producers of “Breaking Bad,” exclusively on Sept. 1.
AMC from BT will also feature the exclusive U.K. television premieres of several movies, including “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, on Aug. 29; “The Beaver,” starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson, on Sept. 15; and “Shelter,” starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, on Sept. 17. These titles were acquired from Icon Film Distribution.
Two of the most-acclaimed original AMC series, “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” will also be seen on the channel in the U.K. as part of agreements with Sony Pictures Television and Lionsgate, respectively, alongside popular movies and series from both distributors. All seven seasons of “Mad Men” will debut starting Aug. 30 with a special double bill, with a new episode following each Sunday, and the premiere of “Breaking Bad” will be announced soon.
In addition, AMC from BT will showcase the first window premieres of original series “Cleaners,” acquired from Sony Pictures Television, on Sept. 5, and two seasons of “Manhattan” from Lionsgate. Eight seasons of the comedy-drama “Weeds” will air as part of the agreement with Lionsgate, starting Sept. 2, with a double bill each week.
AMC will also air popular film titles such as “Clerks” and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” from Miramax, and “Babel” and “Dreamgirls” from Paramount Pictures.
“BT customers will soon have exclusive access to some of the most anticipated new original series and movies as part of AMC’s launch later this week,” said Delia Bushell, managing director, BT TV and BT Sport. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the most compelling new content from one of the world’s most celebrated TV channels for audiences in the months ahead.”
“We’re excited to offer audiences a terrific lineup of exclusive original series and films on AMC as part of our first-ever launch in the U.K. in partnership with BT,” commented Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. “Combined with the first window U.K. premieres of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and ‘Rectify,’ AMC will offer an unparalleled selection of programming that will appeal to a wide range of adult audiences.”