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Image credit: HBO

So it has ended: bloody, cold and brutal Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Sky Atlantic). And when Mad Men concludes next year, so ends the great age of the grand dramas. Tom Wolfe is entirely wrong to say that the modern novel needs to engage with and depict society as a whole, returning to the tradition of Dickens et al, because the writers of television programmes such as these (along with The Wire, Breaking Bad, and, top of the heap, The Sopranos) are telling modern sagas. Equipped with far more scope and creative talent than most films, television is the place for story and character over plot and gimmickry. Continue Reading…

***Contains spoilers for Boardwalk Empire***

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Image credit: HBO

Cometh September, cometh autumn, which means longer evenings and the return of good television with which to spend them watching. Seven years after Nucky Thompson’s arrest at the end of the last season, the final run of Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Sky Atlantic) finds Steve Buscemi’s kingpin exiled to Cuba, eagerly awaiting the end of prohibition and positioning himself as the middleman between the US and Bacardi, whilst Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams) is on the chain gang and America is in the depression. Although we don’t know how these things came to be – excepting the depression – it’s much better for the plot to have skipped ahead than to have had to witness Nuck’s ignominy in a trial. Continue Reading…