Pro­hi­bi­tion saga far from dry

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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.

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A scene from Ken Burns’ se­ries

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