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Tonight's Sky Thursdays line-up combines the best TV from the UK and US, providing viewers with comedy, drama and documentary from both sides of the Atlantic.

Getting the night's viewing underway at 7pm is The British, an in-depth examination of the story of our land, which weaves CGI with dramatic re-enactments and first-hand accounts from the people who helped to change the course of history.

Tonight's programme is the third episode from the first season of the documentary, charting Britain's evolution from the invasion of the Roman conquerors to the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1952 and everything in between, with famous faces including Dame Helen Mirren contributing their accounts and opinions.

Next up is the hit US TV show Smash, the brainchild of Steven Spielberg, which explores the subculture of musical theatre while celebrating the beauty and heartbreak of Broadway.

The stellar cast from stage and screen includes Emmy award-winning actress Debra Messing from Will & Grace, Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Tonight's programme is the pilot episode of the show, which sees successful songwriting duo and old friends Tom and Julia reunite to adapt the life story of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe into a hit Broadway musical.

Next up at 9pm is the first episode UK comedy Mount Pleasant, which has an all-star line-up portraying characters who each live in a quiet cul-de-sac in Manchester.

However, with a cast that includes Sally Lindsay, Pauline Collins and Bobby Ball, the peace is unlikely to be kept for long - something the residents find out in episode one.

Completing the evening's entertainment is the second episode from the first season of the award-winning Boardwalk Empire.

Martin Scorsese's small screen project has all the razzmatazz of a big screen gangster epic and charts the life of Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi), a half-politician, half-gangster who uses his influence to rule Atlantic City and hold sway over the cast of colourful characters who reside there.

People hoping to see the best that Sky has to offer can tune in to Freeview channel 11, Virgin Media channel 180, Freesat channel 144 and Sky channel 152 every Thursday night from 7pm.

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