Move over Mad Men, there’s a hot new programme in TV land. Last night the first episode of Boardwalk Empire premiered on SKY’s new Atlantic channel and we’re totally hooked.
Starring Steve Buscemi as the crooked but lovable politico of Prohibition-era Atlantic City and the beautiful Kelly Macdonald (of Trainspotting fame) as his mistress, the show is already a big hit in the US and has been cleaning up at awards ceremonies like the SAGs, where the cast was recognised for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese, who directed the pilot episode, picked up a gong at the Directors Guild of America Awards last weekend.
With stunning fashion straight from the Roaring Twenties, this show is a feast for the eyes in the way of Mad Men. And keep your eye on hottie Michael Pitt (you may recognise him from Dawson's Creak) – he’s a budding gangster with serious sex appeal!
By Maria Milano