Boardwalk Empire

Series 3 - 12. Margate Sands

Margate Sands
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

If Boardwalk ever decided to try a spin-off series, they’d be spoilt for choice for who to base it on. There would be a great drama in the shady life of Arnold Rothstein, the tea-sipping New York crime boss who at times appears to manipulate every other gangster in America from the comfort of his living room. Chalky White, saturnine leader of Atlantic City’s black community, would make a great central character for another series. As would Stephen Graham’s pint-sized version of Al Capone.

Tonight, series three climaxes with a gang war in Atlantic City and some exquisite plot twists. It is merciless, beautiful, nightmarish and unlike anything else on TV.

About this programme

12/12. Gyp Rosetti's alliance with Mafia don Joe Masseria backs Nucky into a corner and he is forced to cede control of one of his prized assets to Arnold Rothstein. Elsewhere, Lucky Luciano has to take on a new partner to help him smuggle and distribute heroin after being arrested in New York, while Chalky and Al Capone put their enmity on hold to take on Masseria's henchmen. Last in the series.

Cast and crew


Nucky Thompson
Steve Buscemi
Margaret Thompson
Kelly Macdonald
Nelson Van Alden
Michael Shannon
Eli Thompson
Shea Whigham
Chalky White
Michael Kenneth Williams
Richard Harrow
Jack Huston
Mickey Doyle
Paul Sparks
Arnold Rothstein
Michael Stuhlbarg
Al Capone
Stephen Graham
Lucky Luciano
Vincent Piazza
Gillian Darmody
Gretchen Mol
Meyer Lansky
Anatol Yusef
Gyp Rosetti
Bobby Cannavale