Boardwalk Empire

Series 3 - 8. The Pony

The Pony
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

We take it for granted, but the production design on this series is staggering. Look at the New York gentlemen’s club where Nucky does a kind of Dragons’ Den pitch to gruff plutocrat Andrew Mellon. Or there’s Gillian’s high-ceilinged brothel with its peeling wallpaper. In one scene tonight an entire Scandinavian street party is re-created for a single shot — the budgets must be astronomical.

But hang on, we don’t watch for the sets! We watch for the lurching melodrama, and that has been in short supply lately. Not tonight. Tonight, it all kicks off beautifully.

About this programme

8/12. With help from Gaston Means, Nucky pays an unscheduled visit to treasury secretary Andrew Mellon and puts a business proposal to him. Later, he shops for a birthday pony and is unhappy to hear that his mistress Billie aims to make the transition from stage to screen. In Chicago, Van Alden attends a meeting with Al Capone and Johnny Torrio and later considers Sigrid's case for staying in town rather than spending a life on the run.

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
Billie Kent
Meg Steedle
Johnny Torrio
Greg Antonacci
Andrew Mellon
James Cromwell
Sigrid Mueller
Christiane Seidel