BBC bags AMC’s The Terror
James R | On 10, Feb 2021
BBC Two and BBC iPlayer have bagged the rights to Season 1 of AMC’s The Terror.
The horror anthology begins with a season inspired by true events and is a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic. It follows 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.
It features a stellar cast including Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game Of Thrones), Ciarán Hinds (Game Of Thrones, Rome), Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia), Adam Nagaitis (Houdini And Doyle, Suffragette), Nive Nielsen (The New World) and Ian Hart (Neverland).
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisitions, says: “The Terror is an atmospheric, character-driven drama, full of menace and foreboding, which will thrill and chill BBC viewers all the way to its icy denouement.”
The series first aired on AMC UK in 2018, exclusively available through BT TV. The series aired internationally on Amazon Prime Video, but has never been available to stream as part of an Amazon Prime subscription. Now, however, the show will finally be available to stream for free through BBC iPlayer. It joins a number of recent acquisitions by the Beeb as it races to keep BBC iPlayer stuffed with new box sets during the coronavirus pandemic, including HBO Max’s Love Life, Battlestar Galactica, UKTV’s Zapped, Pretty Little Liars and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
“AMC’s spooky sea-faring mystery is a grippingly glacial tale of lost hope and chilling dread,” we wrote in our review.
The Terror will premiere on BBC Two at 9pm on Wednesday 3rd March, with episodes then airing in double-bills weekly – and the whole box set available at once on BBC iPlayer.