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Tue 5 Feb 2008 22:30 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Tuesday 05 February 2008

Stephen Merchant considers the unparalleled success of the entertainment giant, Home Box Office, creator of hits such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Rome and Extras.

He charts the pioneering development of the organisation as the first cable-channel in Manhatten with a special interest in boxing to its international lead in sport, drama and film for television. It has 40 million subscribers, roughly a third of households, across America alone.

We hear from leading figures working on both sides of the camera, including Aiden Gillen from the Wire, Jane Alexander - star of the US release, Tell Me You Love Me, as well as Peter Bogdanovich, Terence Winter and David Chase, the core team behind The Sopranos.

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