Thursday 31 Jul 2014
The sexy, stylised, provocative and multi award-winning drama Mad Men makes a welcome return to BBC Four on Tuesday 10 February.
Created by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Matthew Weiner, Mad Men delves into the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Sixties advertising agency Sterling Cooper – a place where power struggles, hard drinking and clandestine sexual exploits define the workplace and close the deals.
Series one revealed uber ad man Don Draper's secret identity. Far from being the stereotypical war hero and upstanding American, Don is Dick Whitman, the son of a prostitute with a drunken and abusive father.
Sterling Cooper's super-efficient secretary Peggy is also hiding a dark secret – she has given birth to Machiavellian account director Pete's baby.
At the finale of series one, the cracks in the Draper marriage really start to show when Betty plans a family Thanksgiving trip which Don refuses to go on. Taking control for once, Betty takes the children anyway leaving Don feeling very alone.
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