Prohibition saga far from dry
five-part series Prohibition revisits the era immortalised by awardwinning drama series Boardwalk Empire, airing for the first time on free TV. Prohibition is a documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The story of prohibition’s rise and fall is a saga that goes far beyond tales of gangsters, rum runners, and speakeasies to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation. Tonight’s episode opens on January 16, 1920, as an amendment to the US Constitution comes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. Millions of Americans became lawbreakers overnight.
Saturdays, 8.30pm, SBS ONE Saturdays, 9.30pm, SBS ONE
A scene from Ken Burns’ series