Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

First look at Scorsese drama


HBO has already given us modern Mob masterpiece The Sopranos — not to mention a DVD cabinet groaning with box sets — but the quality US hit factory isn’t done with gangsters yet. Its latest examination of the criminal underbelly of the US is about to land in the shape of prohibition-era epic Boardwalk Empire, which stars Steve Buscemi (pictured main).

Two years and more than £40m in the making, the 13-episode first series has been created by Sopranos writer Terence Winter, and — in his first TV drama work — Martin Scorsese directs episode one.

Set in 1920, Boardwalk Empire follows the shady fortunes of Atlantic City fixer Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (based on real-life town treasurer Enoch Johnson, and played by Buscemi) while looking at how prohibition opened the floodgates to corruption, organised crime and a tsunami of bootlegged booze.

Buscemi’s joined by Michael K Williams (aka Omar from The Wire) and This Is England’s Stephen Graham (right, inset), who plays Al Capone. They’ve used every cent of the budget too, hiring more than 150 extras and even building a 300ft replica boardwalk to make the main set (check the cool time-lapse clip below along with the stupidly brilliant trailer).

Everything points to a future classic, which — overstuffed DVD cupboard aside — sounds good to us.

Boardwalk Empire will air on Sky in early 2011



Danny Wallace's gaming return

leo dicaprio pic.jpg

Why DiCaprio turned down chance to play Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars


Edgar Wright takes on Hollywood



The Walking Dead is back and shit just hit the fan

Spoiler alert: who Negan killed is revealed

by Jamie Carson
24 Oct 2016

Deadpool director quits over 'creative differences' with Ryan Reynolds

Has the 'merc with the mouth' just mouthed off one too many times?

by Tom Fordy
24 Oct 2016

This beloved Game of Thrones character makes a return in season 7

He's not been seen for ages, but he's making a welcome return

by David Cornish
24 Oct 2016

Kanye discusses Paris robbery for the first time and calls out Jay-Z

Yeezy slates Jay from the stage

21 Oct 2016

Everything you can expect from Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror

What you need to know for Season 3

21 Oct 2016

A forensic analysis of Liam and Noel Gallagher’s ongoing feud

A timeline of the best brotherly insults of all time

by Jamie Carson
21 Oct 2016

The first Glastonbury headliner has been announced

And it's an old favourite

by Dave Fawbert
20 Oct 2016

Tom Cruise acted out his entire career with James Corden

A few good men who have all the right moves

by Tom Fordy
20 Oct 2016

A love letter to Red Dead Redemption

As the sequel is announced, we look back at what made the first so dang powerful...

by Sam Diss
19 Oct 2016

Your first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Why can't it be May already?

19 Oct 2016