The UK premiere of Fear the Walking Dead will form the centrepiece of the new AMC schedule when the UK version of the channel goes live on 28 August.

On Sunday, the show’s premiere became the number one series premiere in US cable television history across total viewers and all key demographics. It’s sister show The Walking Dead debuted at number 5 back in 2010.

Episode One of Fear the Walking Dead will be made available free of charge on the BT Showcase Channel and on the new AMC channel, which will be available to BT TV and BT Sport Pack subscribers. The channel will also premiere the acclaimed drama Rectify from the producers of Breaking Bad on 1 September at 9pm.

“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,” says Delia Bushell, Managing Director, BT TV & 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 line-up of exclusive original series and films on AMC as part of our first-ever launch in the UK in partnership with BT,” commented Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global. “Combined with the first window UK 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.”

There will also be UK television premieres of films including Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas on 29 August, The Beaver starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson on 15 September and Shelter starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers on 17th September as part of an agreement with Icon Film Distribution.

AMC will also showcase the first window premieres of original series Cleaners acquired from Sony Pictures Television and two seasons of Manhattan from Lionsgate. Eight seasons of the comedy-drama Weeds will air as part of the agreement with Lionsgate starting 2 September at 9:00 pm with a double bill each week.