HBO’s multiple award-winning drama series, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, will return exclusively to Sky Atlantic HD on Saturday 13th September at 9pm. Customers will also be able to catch up on Seasons 1 – 4 On Demand from Monday 1st September.
Atlantic City, 1931: As the country struggles to cope with the Great Depression and the end of Prohibition looms, Nucky Thompson (Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Steve Buscemi) looks to legitimise himself through alliances with liquor producers, while rivals Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) seek to consolidate their power in the wake of Arnold Rothstein’s death and eliminate all competition – by any means necessary.
In the first episode of the fifth season, Nucky is awash in memories from pier-boy days growing up in 1884 Atlantic City, when the young Nucky (Nolan Lyons) caught the eye of the Commodore (John Ellison Conlee.) In 1931 Cuba, Nucky joins Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette) and, with a US Senator in tow, forges ties with Bacardi Rum in hopes of Prohibition’s repeal in the US. Working on Wall Street, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) finds herself in the hot seat when her boss, facing an internal investigation, decides his own future. Down but never out, Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) seizes an opportunity to extricate himself from a difficult situation. In New York, Lucky Luciano sets in motion a bold plan that reverberates all the way to Nucky in Cuba.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE also stars Michael Shannon as former Federal Agent Nelson Van Alden, caught up in gangland conflicts; Shea Whigham as Nucky’s brother Eli, who went underground after killing a federal agent, Stephen Graham as gangster Al Capone, Paul Sparks as gangster Mickey Doyle, Michael Kenneth Williams as Nucky’s former ally Chalky White, Gretchen Mol as Gillian, now battling her demons; and Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse, Chalky’s nemesis.
New cast members for season five include Jim True-Frost as crimefighter Eliot Ness, Matt Letscher as wealthy, politically connected businessman Joseph Kennedy, Giampiero Judica as Salvatore Maranzano, the ‘boss of all bosses,’ and Louis Cancelmi as Capone enforcer Mike D’Angelo.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE is created by Terence Winter, who also serves as executive producer alongside Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Tim Van Patten and Howard Korder.