Nucky has been almost a supporting player in his own show for this fourth season, which is no bad thing when you have characters like Richard, Chalky, Van Alden and Al Capone in the wings.
Each gets a big moment in tonight’s ninth episode: Richard makes big changes in life and career; Chalky faces down the sinister Narcisse, who bares his teeth tonight; Van Alden mans up and rediscovers his old hunger; and Al, who sets Van Alden’s transformation in motion, is fast becoming a coke-fulled whirligig of violence and paranoia. Even Rothstein has matured from two-dimensional kingpin into a fully-formed personality facing potential ruin.
The only weak link remains Gillian, whose custody battles and addiction struggles still feel too dislocated from events elsewhere. Nonetheless, after its customary mid-series meander, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is building up to another ferocious finale.
House of Vans
Taking over what used to be the Old Vic Tunnels, the House of Vans has turned the space below Waterloo station into a hot new destination for skateboarders, and promises a variety of diversions that will also appeal to those with no particular ambition to execute a credible 360 flip. The underground venue is sister to House of Vans Brooklyn where tickets for the free, all-ages summer concerts go like hot baked goods. The London branch also boasts a live music stage, as well as two tunnels’ worth of purpose-built skate park and an art gallery that will open with ‘Scissors & Glue’, an exhibition documenting the brief history of zines (till September 20). There’s a café, bars and cinema space and a regular programme of talks and workshops is planned. Skate sessions are free and open to all ages (there are lessons with The Skateboad School on Saturday mornings) but to be sure of entry book in advance on the House of Vans website where you’ll also find updates on upcoming gigs.