Saturday, 8.30pm, SBS One Welcome to SBS’s Prohibition Saturday. First up, the debut of this excellent five-part series about the period in US history, from 1920 to 1933, when the country banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol for consumption by citizens. Meticulously researched and eloquently presented, the whole story of how Prohibition came to be is told. Americans had been arguing from the early 1800s about what to do with the drunken sailor. That discussion led to an amendment to the US constitution and overnight the edict turned millions of law-abiding citizens into lawbreakers. The program asks the question: how does a freedom-loving nation that is built on individual rights and liberties decide that in one crazed moment it can tell people how to live their lives? In priceless old photographs, rivers of alcohol are seen being tipped into drains. Learned historians explain the political process that led to the amendment of the constitution and how Americans chose to ignore their own history during Prohibition. The hold of the Mayflower, the first ship that carried puritans to Massachusetts, was filled with barrels of beer. George Washington insisted that his men have a half cup of rum every day and a half a cup whiskey when the rum ran out. John Adams began each day with a tankard of hard cider and Thomas Jefferson collected fine French wines and dreamed of the day when American vineyards could match them. It is fascinating to see how the temperance movement evolved, then stalled during the Civil War. It was set back again when waves of immigrants with their own cultures of alcohol consumption expanded into American towns and cities. But then, with the emergence one of the first women’s movements in the US, temperance gathered power once more. Riveting television followed by episodes one and two of the debut series of the HBO Prohibition era extravaganza Boardwalk Empire. which a guest cartoonist discusses the week’s cartoons. This week’s panel consists of Tingle, Megalogenis and Crabb.