Saturday, 9.30pm, SBS One Another rattling good read — sorry, drama — from the publisher — damn, producer — of the best storytelling TV, HBO. Boardwalk Empire is set in the resort town of Atlantic City, New Jersey, during Prohibition in the early 1920s when the US banned alcohol but failed to forbid people feeling thirsty. The central character (it’s a bit hard to call him a hero) is Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who uses his political machine to control the sly grog game and the profits from the booze to extend his influence. But it’s not all about Nucky. There are subplots aplenty, focused on the greed and lust of powerbrokers, hangers-on and people struggling to make a quid. For all the 20s clothes and music the show has a modern sensibility: veterans home from World War I struggle psychologically, people are traumatised by losses in the flu epidemic, over just a few years before the show starts, and there is a sense that in America life is organised to suit the insiders. Series three of Boardwalk Empire is running on pay-TV, so if you get on to the boardwalk tonight (episode three of the first series) you will be well set for a great yarn with a long way to run.