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UKTV entertainment channel Watch is to air American saga The Strain later this year.

The series is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and award-winning author Chuck Hogan. Carlton Cuse will serve as Executive Producer and writer on the series

The high-concept thirteen episode run is set in New York, opens with a feature-length episode and follows the lethal outbreak of a virus linked to ancient vampires.

“The Strain feels totally fresh in the horror/fantasy genre – forget everything you’ve seen about vampires, as this series will turn it on its head and leave you spinning. It has a rich heritage of writing talent combined with stunning visuals and outstanding acting and we can’t wait to bring this exciting and epic series to Watch. We are also delighted to be extending our relationship with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and bringing more quality drama to the UK.” – Catherine Mackin, Director of Acquisitions, UKTV,

The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, and Miguel Gomez.

The Strain tells the story, over each hour long episode, of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

“The opportunity to premiere the work of Guillermo del Toro in the UK was too good to miss. It is one of the most anticipated shows of the year and I’m delighted we can bring it to Watch viewers.” – Steve North, General Manager for Watch

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