Frozen 19th century explorers shock passers-by in a block of ice in Greenwich

BT TV chilly installation on hottest day of the year so far marks the launch of new AMC show The Terror.

Chilling figures of 19th century arctic explorers appeared trapped inside a block of ice in Greenwich this morning to commemorate the launch of AMC’s latest new hit TV drama, The Terror.

The Terror premieres on Tuesday, 24th April at 9pm on AMC – exclusive to BT customers.

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The Terror

The 9ft 10in by 7ft 3in structure popped up outside of the Old Royal Naval College, almost 175 years to the month since the Franklin expedition set off on its journey to discover the Northwest Passage. The college is home to the Sir John Franklin memorial; the leader of the exploration crew featured in the series.

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The frozen figures are dressed in the original costumes from the show, as worn by Jared Harris (“The Crown”, “Mad Men”) who plays Captain Francis Crozier and Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) as Sir John Franklin.

The Terror ice sculptures

Inspired by a true story, The Terror centres on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into uncharted territory via the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus 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.

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Pedestrians in London can briefly experience the bitter arctic conditions suffered by the crew almost 175 years ago, by climbing into a specially designed chamber set within the sculpture.

How to watch The Terror on Tuesday, April 24th

The Terror on April 24th on AMC

The first episode will be shown on BT’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bt - available free for everyone, for one day on April 24th.

BT TV customers can watch the first two episodes on Tuesday, April 24th at 9pm on AMC.

AMC is available free of charge in the UK to BT customers on channel number 332 on BT TV.

BT Sport Pack subscribers can watch on Sky channel 192.

AMC is also available in HD on both BT TV and Sky with an HD subscription.

How to watch the full series of The Terror

The 10-episode series continues every Tuesday at 9pm on AMC.

You can catch up on episodes you miss on the BT Player and BT TV app.

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The Installation in Numbers

The Terror sculptures

2 weeks to freeze
25 blocks of ice
2,500 litres of water used
3 hours to build

The Franklin Expedition Facts & Figures

169 – The number of years that went by before the wrecks of the ships were found. The HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror were finally discovered off the coast of northern Canada in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

129 ¬ Members of the crew that met their fate in the ice – at least four of which were women according to recent evidence .

173 – Years since The Franklin Expedition left England, the ships were last seen a few months later in July 1845.

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were considered the most technologically advanced vessels of the time and travelled to the opposite end of the Earth, the Antarctic (1839–43), under the command of James Clark Ross.

The HMS Terror and HMS Erebus were abandoned on 22 April 1848 according to a message left by Captains Crozier and Fitzjames.

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