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Acclaimed new original drama "Manhattan" to premiere exclusively to BT customers

Press Release   •   Dec 07, 2015 10:50 GMT

AMC from BT will premiere the new original series on Tuesday 5 January at 9pm

BT customers will be the first to see critically acclaimed TV drama “Manhattan”. The 13-episode original series will premiere exclusively in the UK on BT’s AMC on Tuesday 5 January 2016, at 9pm.

Set against the backdrop of the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb, “Manhattan” is created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Emmy® Award-winner Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”). The series stars Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black”), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense and Rushmore), John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C”and Flags of our Fathers),Ashley Zukerman (“Rush” and “Underbelly”) and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything and The Riot Club).

The series follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in a remote location in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Their story is one about people, secrets, war, and a win-at-all-costs mentality that affects everyone and everything.

“Manhattan” has built up a huge fan base stateside since its launch in July 2014 and has enjoyed critical acclaim. Rolling Stone noted, “The Manhattan project is one of WWII’s most famous tales, but “Manhattan” turns it into stylish tense drama – a nowhere desert town full of geeks on a mission, driven by fear and paranoia” and according to the Wall Street Journal, “If you miss ‘Mad Men’, this is the period drama you should be watching”.

The first episode of “Manhattan” will be available free of charge on BT Showcase (Freeview channel 59). The 13-episode series will be available free of charge exclusively to all BT TV customers on AMC channel 332 on BT TV and BT Sport Pack subscribers on Sky channel 192.AMC is also available in HD on both BT TV and Sky with an HD subscription.

“‘Manhattan” is the latest exclusive premiere for BT customers,” says Delia Bushell, Managing Director, BT TV and BT Sport. “We expect viewers to be captivated from the very first episode as they follow some fantastically complex characters, depicting the wonder, danger and deceit that shadows the first ‘nuclear’ families.

“AMC on BT offers an exciting range of top dramas such as “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Rectify”.Last quarter, BT TV added 106,000 new BT TV customers, taking our TV customer base to 1.3m. This represents our best ever quarter, reflecting our strong content line-up. Announcing exclusive shows like “Manhattan” on AMC reinforces that we continuously strive to offer the best TV shows available.”

“Manhattan” is distributed by Lionsgate.

For more information including premiere dates and times, visit:

http://www.AMCtv.co.uk/

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About AMC

AMC, a business unit of AMC Networks International, commemorates favourite films from every genre and decade and showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that have re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 125 countries. AMC is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

About AMC Networks International

AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the global division of AMC Networks, delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming that reaches subscribers in more than 140 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. AMCNI consists of global brands, Sundance Channel and AMC, as well as popular, locally recognized channels in various programming genres. For more information, visit: http://www.amcnetworks.com/amcni.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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