Thursday, July 29, 2010

Boardwalk Empire

A good reason to get Sky this autumn - it's just bought up the rights to all HBO programmes, including Martin  Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire which, without a scrap of evidence, I am willing to be will be one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
Most of my favourite shows of the past few years have originated from across the Atlantic - True Blood, Lost, 24, Fringe, Band of Brothers and The Wire amongst them. And that's discounting The Sopranos, which I own on DVD but have yet to watch.
What is it has made the past few years a golden period for US television, especially when compared to output from the UK? The only home-grown drama series that I can think of that have been up with the best of US programmes are Spooks (on its good days) and The Take. I also like the Australian drama Underbelly, recently shown on STV.
Am I missing any? And can anyone give me an answer? I suppose it comes down to budget constraints, but is there more to it than that?


Anonymous said...

... did you, by any chance, catch 'The Pacific' series from HBO?


Groanin' Jock said...

No, by the time I knew it was on, I'd missed too many to start. Hoping to catch it on repeats or DVD.