Tuesday The Deuce 10pm, Sky Atlantic
YOU might have thought playing two roles was enough, but James Franco is not an actor who ever shows doubts about the limits of his own capabilities, and for this episode he takes on a third: not only does he star as the disconcerting twins Vince and Frankie, he also takes over behind the camera as director – and delivers another solid, sly, utterly absorbing hour. Following the prostitutes, budding porn stars, pimps, cops and mobsters patrolling the sleaziest section of Times Square in the early 1970s, David Simon’s drama doesn’t so much develop its plot as just spread itself around you a little more densely each week. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is attempting to get off the streets and into the blue movie business, but her plans look to be thwarted at every turn. Meanwhile, Vince and Frankie are set for the grand opening night of their new, Mafia-front bar. But first they have to settle up with the Irish mob who claim to own their vending machines.