Feb 25, 2014 06:02 ET

Amazon Prime Instant Video Launches in the UK Tomorrow With Hit Amazon Original Series 'Alpha House' Starring John Goodman

LONDON, February 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Critically acclaimed political comedy starring John Goodman available exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video tomorrow, Wednesday February 26th

Alpha House is the first fully commissioned series from Amazon Studios and, from tomorrow, Prime members can watch all 11 episodes for free through Prime Instant Video alongside 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes

Prime Instant Video, the UK's largest unlimited subscription streaming service with more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes available for Prime customers, launches tomorrow (Wednesday 26th February).

As part of Amazon's increasing investment in exclusive programming, the company is introducing its first original series, critically-acclaimed political satire Alpha House. Starring John Goodman, created by Garry Trudeau, and made by Amazon Studios, Alpha House will be available for Amazon Prime members to stream through the new Prime Instant Video service available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/primevideo.

Starring Golden Globe-winning actor John Goodman (Argo), Clark Johnson (Homeland), Matt Malloy (Six Feet Under) and Mark Consuelos (All My Children), the unique and star-studded comedy follows four US senators renting a house together and struggling to keep their personal lives and exploits from tarring their public image as they fight for re-election. Undergoing a series of profile-boosting exercises with hilarious results, the housemate's fend off scandal and ridicule whilst nursing their political ambitions.

Also featured in the cast are Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) and Julie White (Go On), with cameos from Hollywood stalwart Bill Murray (as Senator Vernon Smits) and politicians such as Chuck Schumer and Anthony Weiner, who play themselves.

Alpha House was written and produced by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau alongside fellow producers Elliot Webb and Jonathan Alter.

"Prime Instant Video is the UK's largest movie and TV subscription steaming service with more than 15,000 great movies and TV episodes for our customers to enjoy. We're delighted to be investing in great original content for our customers, and are very excited to debut Alpha House in the UK for our customers to enjoy," said Tim Leslie, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video for the UK and Germany. "The talent behind Alpha House is incredible and as the first full series to come through Amazon Studios we can't wait to hear what our viewers think of the show - especially considering the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the pilot."

Amazon Prime members in the UK will be able to watch all 11 episodes of Alpha House, the first complete series from Amazon Studios, alongside 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes. The show was created following Amazon customer reviews and feedback to the pilot episode released in May 2013. Amazon Studios recently introduced 10 new drama, comedy and kids pilots from creators such as Chris Carter (The X-Files), Eric Overmyer (The Wire, Treme), Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks), Tony-nominated Alex Timbers, Oscar-nominated Paul Weitz, Emmy-nominated Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), Ice Cube and Michael Strahan.

Prime Instant Video

Amazon has announced that it is combining two of the most popular subscription services in the UK, Amazon Prime and LOVEFiLM, to become Prime Instant Video from tomorrow (26th February). Amazon Prime offers members unlimited One-Day Delivery on over 7 million items and access to 500,000 Kindle books to borrow. LOVEFiLM Instant includes unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes. When the two programmes combine, Prime will be offered at the low price of £79 a year - a 35% savings for all the benefits of the two previously separate services. As a special offer customers can lock in a full year of Prime at £49 until 26 February. Current Prime members can enjoy unlimited streaming at their current price until their renewal date. Customers who are not already members can start a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime by visiting http://www.amazon.co.uk/prime.

Amazon is increasing investment in exclusive content and original programming only available through Prime Instant Video, which gives subscribers unlimited streaming of more than 15,000 popular movies and TV episodes. Members will have unlimited access to exclusive movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hangover Part II, One Direction: This Is Us, Friends with Benefits and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, as well as TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Dexter, Vikings, Downton Abbey, Desperate Housewives, and children's favourites Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, and SpongeBob SquarePants. They will also have exclusive access to Amazon original TV series Alpha House starring John Goodman at launch and Betas, which debuts soon.

For more information about Amazon Prime, visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/prime. For more information about Prime Instant Video, visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/primevideo.

-Notes to Editors-

About Amazon Studios

Since its launch in November 2010, more than 20,000 movie scripts and 6,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. The original series announced today are the second set of series pilots for Amazon Studios.

Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to upload their proposals for comedy and children's programming a thttp://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series or submit them privately via Amazon Studios.

About Amazon Studios Pilots

Read more about the 10 new drama, comedy and kids pilots from acclaimed writers here: http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1899893&highlight=

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