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Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire leads the Sky Thursdays line-up this week (March 7th 2013).

The US series has gone down a storm both stateside and in the UK, and now Freeview users have an opportunity to see what the fuss is about.

Series One Episode One airs at 10pm tonight on Freeview channel 11, introducing Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a politician/gangster who rules Atlantic City like a king.

It is 1920 and Prohibition has just come into effect, but this hasn't fazed Thompson, who has set up a bootleg liquor operation.

Nucky thinks he is on to a winner, but then protégé Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) returns from the World War I trenches eager to make his mark.

Following his traumatic experiences in Europe, his moral compass is more than a little warped.

Freeview users also have the opportunity to watch another episode of three shows which featured on last week's Sky Thursdays roster.

At 7pm, the second episode of Sky documentary The British airs, detailing the history of our nation from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.

Taking an innovative look at landmark historical events, such as the publication of the Domesday Book, the Peasant's Revolt, the Black Death and the Crusades, the programme offers a warts 'n' all account of life in medieval Britain.

At 8pm, Freeview users can enjoy the second episode of Blue Bloods, the New York cop drama starring Tom Selleck.

Starring as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the Magnum PI actor plays the head of a family of law enforcers spanning three generations.

In this episode, the Reagans get involved when a member of the public takes action against a man terrorising subway passengers.

And at 9pm, viewers can enjoy Series Two Episode Three of An Idiot Abroad 2, as Karl Pilkington sets off on another reluctant adventure around the world.

This week, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their hapless friend to Australia to swim with dolphins… although he ends up diving with great white sharks.

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