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Sky and CBS have inked a deal that will make Sky Atlantic the exclusive UK home to Showtime's portfolio of shows, including 'Billions', 'Twin Peaks' and 'The Affair'.

The agreement will also give Sky customers on-demand access to the likes of 'Californication', 'Dexter' and 'Nurse Jackie'.

Sky Atlantic will be the exclusive home to Showtime's programming in all the territories it operates in. As well as the UK, these include Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

Sky and Showtime have worked together before. Sky has licensed Showtime content from parent company CBS on a show-by-show basis. The two also co-produced the gothic horror series 'Penny Dreadful'.

The deal will start this year. However, we'll have to wait until 2017 for the highly-anticipated new series of 'Twin Peaks'.

"This is one of the most important content deals Sky has ever agreed, cementing Sky's position as the market leader in Europe for world-class drama," said Gary Davey, managing director of content at Sky.

"We are enormously proud that Sky will be the exclusive home to new Showtime programmes for many years to come, building on a relationship that has grown over time including producing three successful seasons of 'Penny Dreadful' together.

"This agreement means our customers can enjoy an incredible slate of upcoming new dramas like 'Billions', 'Twin Peaks' and also explore hundreds of hours of amazing series such as 'Dexter', 'Californication', 'The Affair' and 'House of Lies' on-demand from the back catalogue of one of the world's most exciting pay TV networks."

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