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'Preacher' collared by Amazon Prime Video

New episodes of the hellishly anticipated comic book adaptation will be on UK Amazon Prime Video the day after US broadcast.

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Dominic Cooper plays Jesse Custer in the new AMC comic book TV adaptation "Preacher."

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"Preacher" is the latest show to be snapped up by an online streaming service. Starting this weekend, British viewers will see the hotly anticipated new series on Amazon Prime straight after it's shown on US television.

The show is based on the Vertigo comic by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, which ran from 1995 to 2000. It stars Dominic Cooper, recently seen in "Agent Carter", as preacher Jesse Custer, who's been possessed by a half-angel, half-demon entity. Joe Gilgun and Ruth Negga, who both appeared in "Misfits", star as Irish vampire Cassidy and gun-toting Tulip.

New episodes of "Preacher" will be available to UK viewers on Amazon Prime Video each Monday morning after broadcast by AMC in the US on Sunday.

It's a similar arrangement to AMC's deal with Netflix that brought new episodes of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" to British Netflix viewers the day after US broadcast. Similarly, Sky and its online spin-off Now TV have episodes of "Game of Thrones" the day after the US, which should cut down on international piracy.

It's bad news for subscribers to BT TV, the home of AMC in the UK. "Preacher" will not appear on the British AMC channel, so BT TV subscribers will also have to sign up to Amazon Prime to watch the show.

If it's any consolation, British fans of adult comics can still enjoy "The Walking Dead" and its spin-off "Fear The Walking Dead" on AMC with their BT TV subscription.

"Preacher" begins in the US on Sunday 22 May and will be on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on Monday 23 May. It will also be on Amazon in Austria, Germany and Japan.