AMC’s Preacher gets its UK linear premiere this autumn – exclusive to BT customers.

Starring Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga, the dark and humourous comic book adaptation pushes TV boundaries with a gore-filled, irreverent first season.

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Here are five reasons this is a TV show not to be missed.

1. Dominic Cooper is the perfect leading man

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Forget about the dashing romantic lead from Mamma Mia, this is a whole new side to British star Dominic Cooper.

He’s still got those brooding good looks, but when he stares with those big old eyes its more sinister and creepy in Preacher than romantic or endearing.

The role of Jesse Custer was always going to be a mammoth challenge – you try playing a chain-smoking and boozy reverend who gets possessed with God-like powers – but Cooper is perfectly cast as the extraordinary comic book creation.

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2. Ruth Negga has made Tulip one of the greatest characters on TV right now

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Fans of the comic book series were initially shocked when Negga was cast as the blonde bombshell Tulip – it was one of the biggest alterations from the source material.

However, Negga has transformed the character into fascinating, kick-ass sidekick for Preacher, who is just as volatile, violent and dangerous as her male co-stars.

Preacher’s ex isn’t a damsel in distress who needs rescuing, she’s a bazooka-wielding, fighting machine.

3. Joe Gilgun is a riot as Cassidy

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Anyone who has seen Joe Gilgun in real life will know that he is larger-than-life off camera and a perfect casting for any comic book character.

The boozing, drug-taking, blood-hungry vampire Cassidy is the wildest character in the series and Gilgun captures his manic side perfectly.

From his airplane showdown in episode one, fans have fallen in love with the crude bravado of the Irish vampire.

4. It will make you genuinely laugh

Stuffed with pop culture references, the show undercuts its darkness and violence with a cheeky sense of humour.

Filled with the sort of trademark outrageousness we’ve come to expect from showrunners Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, the death of a very famous celebrity in the most disgusting fashion in the first episode sets the tone for what’s to come.

5. There is a lot more to come

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Season 1 has only started to brush the surface of the acclaimed comic book series and season 2 has already aired in the US, so there is a lot more to explore in the Preacher world.

So if you think the first episode is wild – you haven’t seen anything yet.

Preacher season one airs on AMC from Monday, October 23rd at 9pm.

Watch AMC on BT TV channel 332/381 HD or BT Sport Pack subscribers can watch on Sky Guide Channel 192.

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