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Amazon Prime Instant Video has snapped up a series ahead of anyone else in the UK.

Pirate drama 'Black Sails' will premiere on Amazon's streaming service in the UK on April 4th.

The series is set 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'. It follows Captain Flint and his crew as they try to survive in the Bahamas while going about their piratical ways.

The series is executive produced by Michael Bay, so expect plenty of high-octane swashbuckling thrills.

It stars Toby Stephens (from 'Jane Eyre' and 'Vexed'), Jessica Parker Kennedy ('The Secret Circle' and 'Undercovers'), Tom Hopper, Zach McGowan and Clara Paget.

"'Black Sails' is the kind of show with enough twists and turns to make viewers want to consume the whole adventure in one go," said Tim Leslie, vice president of Amazon Prime Instant Video for the UK.

"All eight episodes of the big-budget drama will be available from April 4th, allowing those with an appetite for the pirate life to immerse themselves completely in the story of Captain Flint and his crew."

'Black Sails' premiered on US network Starz in January. It has already been commissioned a second series.

Amazon Prime Instant Video is battling with Netflix to secure exclusive UK rights to a host of series. The fierce competition for UK on-demand viewers has already caused Sony to close its streaming service, Crackle UK.

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