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Show Details

Broadcaster: M-Net DStv 
Show Genre: Period Drama
Season Premiere: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Season Finale: Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Time: 21h30 - 22h30

Show Summary

Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series adapted by Terence Winter from a chapter about historical criminal kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Johnson in Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era.

The series premiered in the USA on HBO on 19 September, 2010.

Boardwalk Empire premiered in South Africa on M-Net (simulcast in HD) on Wednesday 22 December 2010, at 21h30. It was moved to M-Net Series for Season 3 and again to M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) for Season 4; and later aired on M-Net Series Zone as well, also from Season 3. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 1 aired on M-Net and M-Net HD from 22 December, 2010 to 9 March, 2011, on Wednesdays at 21h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 12 episodes in the first season.

Season 1

From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos, and Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States.

America in 1920. The Great War is over, Wall Street is about to boom and everything is for sale, even the World Series. It is a time of change when women are getting the vote, broadcast radio is introduced, and young people rule the world.

On the beach in southern New Jersey sits Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as "The World's Playground," a place where rules don't apply. Massive hotels line its famous Boardwalk, along with nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment to rival Broadway.

For a few dollars, a working man can get away and live like a king - legally or illegally.

The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is the town's Treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, (Steve Buscemi) a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.

Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town is a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and less than a day's drive from Chicago.

And Nucky Thompson takes full advantage.

Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town's Sheriff, and a crew of Ward Bosses and local thugs, Nucky carves out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol.

He is an equal opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Big Jim Colosimo (Frank Crudele), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

As the series begins, Nucky's former protégé and driver Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) returns home from the Great War, eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in Nucky's organization.

But when Jimmy feels things aren't moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with some associates of Nucky's that set the Feds, led by Agent Van Alden (Michael Shannon) on his mentor's tail.

Complicating matters further is Nucky's burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder, (Kelly Macdonald) a local woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help out.

The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) as Chalky White, the leader of the city's African-American community; Gretchen Mol as showgirl Gillian; Dabney Coleman as Nucky's mentor The Commodore; and Paz de la Huerta as Nucky's girlfriend Lucy.

Boardwalk Empire is inspired by the non-fiction book "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson.

It is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Van Patten and Stephen Levinson.


Note: the first two seasons aired on M-Net (simulcast in HD) after which the show moved to M-Net Series. It moved again to M-Net Series Showcase (also simulcast in HD) for Season 4, when its predecessor became defunct in 2013. It also began airing on M-Net Series Zone from Season 3.

Season 1 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 22 Dec 2010 | Finale: 9 Mar 2011 | Wed, 21h30

Season 2 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 9 Nov 2011 | Finale: 25 Jan 2012 | Wed, 21h30

Season 3 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 25 Sep 2012 | Finale: 11 Dec 2012 | Tue, 22h30
Channel: M-Net Series Zone | Premiere: 24 Aug 2013 | Finale: 21 Sep 2013 | Sat, 21h30

Season 4 (12 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series Showcase | Premiere: 10 Oct 2013 | Finale: 26 Dec 2013 | Thu, 21h30

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson Steve Buscemi
James 'Jimmy' Darmody Michael Pitt
Margaret Schroeder Kelly Macdonald
Agent Nelson Van Alden Michael Shannon
Elias 'Eli' Thompson Shea Whigham
Angela Darmody Aleksa Palladino
Arnold Rothstein Michael Stuhlbarg
Al Capone Stephen Graham
Lucky Luciano Vincent Piazza
Lucy Danziger Paz de la Huerta
Chalky White Michael Kenneth Williams
Eddie Kessler Anthony Laciura
Mickey Doyle Paul Sparks
Commodore Louis Kaestner Dabney Coleman
Ward Boss O'Neill William Hill
Agent Sebso Erik Weiner
Gillian Gretchen Mol
Ward Boss Neary Robert Clohessy
Deputy Halloran Adam Mucci
Johnny Torrio Greg Antonacci
Ignatius D'Alessio Edoardo Ballerini
Leo D'Alessio Max Casella
Supervisor Elliot Peter McRobbie
Mary Dittrich Lisa Joyce
Richard Harrow Jack Huston
Meyer Lansky Anatol Yusef
Ethan Thompson Tom Aldredge
Babbette Tracy Middendorf
Harry Prince Michael Badalucco
Senator Walter Edge Geoff Pierson
Harry Daugherty Christopher McDonald
Boss Frank Hague Chris Mulkey
Babette's Dancer Dieter Riesle
Davey Murdoch Billy Smith
Edward Bader Kevin O'Rourke
Rose Van Alden Enid Graham
Kevin Kiley Mark Povinelli
Dentist Kenneth Tigar
Klan Recruiter Michael Warner

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