One of the most buzzed about TV shows in living rooms this year was The Terror, mostly because not many people were able to watch it.
Inspired by a true story, AMC’s horror series centres on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.
The 10-episode series stars Jared Harris as Captain Francis Crozier, Tobias Menzies (Outlander) as Captain James Fitzjames, and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Sir John Franklin. As an AMC programme, though, it aired exclusively on AMC UK, a channel that’s only available on BT TV (Channel 332 – or, for BT Sport Park subscribers, on Sky Channel 192).
The show debuted in April, with the first episode of released to watch online on YouTube for free, even for non-BT customers – the first time that a pay-TV show in the UK has launched on YouTube before it has been broadcast on TV.
Tony Singh, Content Director at BT TV, says: “We’re hugely excited about The Terror, with a stellar British cast and absolutely thrilling production that will have you hopping from the edge of your seat to behind your sofa. Just like Sir John Franklin, BT likes to break new ground and we are delighted to partner with our friends at YouTube to take the first episode of The Terror to everyone in the UK.”
BT even created a Facebook Chatbot to recruit fans to the HMS Terror via a fake Captain Franklin profile. The reward for the chat was the link to the show’s first episode on YouTube.
However, after that brief experiment, the show was only available through BT TV – until now. The Terror is now available to watch online legally without BT, with the whole box set available to buy and rent on Amazon Prime Video UK. In the future, thanks to a deal between Amazon and AMC, the show will eventually be available as part of an Amazon Prime membership or Amazon Prime Video subscription. For now, though, those desperate to catch up can finally binge the whole lot.
“AMC’s spooky sea-faring mystery is a grippingly glacial tale of lost hope and chilling dread,” we wrote in our review of the opening episodes this year.
The Terror is available to buy and rent online in the UK on Amazon Prime Video