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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.”