The latest addition to the AMC UK family will be familiar to most as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. Starting from January he’ll be trading in walkers for the open road in his cross-country motorcycle series, Ride with Norman Reedus.
Reedus will take you on a one-of-a-kind journey from California to Florida while meeting the locals, sampling local delicacies and taking in the best views the United States has to offer.
When does Ride With Norman Reedus premiere?
Ride with Norman Reedus premieres on Monday, January 2 - exclusive to BT customers.
What time is it on?
The show airs on Mondays at 9pm and will also be available on BT TV Catch-Up.
What channel is it on?
Ride with Norman Reedus is exclusive to AMC, BT TV channel 332/381 HD. BT Sport Pack subscribers can watch on Sky Guide channel 192.
Episode one will also be shown free to all on BT Showcase, Freeview channel 59.
Can I watch a trailer?
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To whet your appretite further, here are some quickfire questions with Norman about his greatest achievements, his chances of riding in the UK and…setting his friends butt on fire while filming.
When did you start riding and what got you into motorcycles in the first place?
The first bike I ever played on was a YV 80 – a little tiny dirt bike. One of my childhood friends had it and we would always take turns riding. We were total hooligans. That was the first time I really got into bikes. I was constantly crashing; it was a lot of fun.
What’s the craziest thing that happened on the road while you were shooting?
A friend of mine who was in the episode we shot on New Orleans [Brent Hinds from the band Mastodon] had a seat-heater on his bike. It was super-hot in New Orleans and the seats would heat up really hot. He’d pull up beside me and say ”my ass in on fire!” We were coming out of a hotel in New Orleans and I flipped it on as we were about to get on the freeway. He realised what I was doing and he started screaming at me as the light turned green.
I’d left him there with his scolded butt trying to figure out how to turn the heater off. Then [the crew and myself] were waiting on the other side of the freeway to start filming and we’re waiting for him to come around the corner, he stands up and starts screaming at me but while he’s doing that he’s fallen into me and we’ve sorta dominoed into a ditch. They cut it on film but it was a Laurel and Hardy. It wasn’t cool at all.
The series shows you connecting with a lot of your fans – what’s the best gift you’ve ever received during your career?
I’ve had a lot of taxidermy; I’ve gotten breast implants that no one knows about. I’ve also received oil paintings of my cat. My cat has a whole collection of portraits of himself.
Where outside the US would you love to ride?
I would really love to do a Tokyo to Kyoto. We’re trying to go to Spain this year and possibly the UK. One of the things that got me really into the show was Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman’s A Long Way Round and seeing all the places that they went and how they bonded. I’d really love to do an around the world trip like that, that would be great.
What are your proudest professional and personal achievements so far?
I did artwork before I did acting and I’m still doing it. I’m kinda doing all the same things I did before I was acting and I like that. I like not letting go of the things I’m passionate about, while I’m doing other things I’m also passionate about. Just keeping my head above me and trying to stay me has been the best professional thing. [The Walking Dead's] Daryl is definitely the best character I’ve ever played. Having time to do a character for 7 years is such a blessing.
My biggest personal achievement is definitely my kid. Mingus is definitely my favourite thing I’ve ever done in my personal life.
What can we expect from the second season of Ride with Norman Reedus?
Joshua Tree’s gonna be one of the places. I’ve always wanted to go there and I’ve never been. We’re gonna go to Europe and we’re gonna go to Hawaii. We’re gonna do a New York episode. The thing is, it’s filmed during the hiatus of The Walking Dead [in the Winter] so we have to go to warm places. So we’re kinda limited sometimes as to the places we can go.
What message do you have for your UK fans?
I love the UK! I used to live in Tooting Bec for a second…at the end of the Northern line near Clapham Common. I used to go to that park all the time. I have a lot of friends there, I really like it. I’ve always really liked the culture and history and the architecture and people. It’s one of my favourite places. I hope to be there soon. Andrew Lincoln’s one of my BFFs so if you see him slap him on the butt for me.
I'll do that without any context.
He’ll probably say “F***in' Norman told you to do that, didn’t he?”
Ride with Norman Reedus premieres on AMC, BT TV Channel 332/381 HD, exclusive to BT customers on January 2.
BT Sport Pack subscribers can watch on Sky Guide channel 192.