Comic actor/writer Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras) celebrates the achievements of American pay-TV network HBO (Home Box Office), which cable pioneer Charles Dolan started up in the 1960s as a Manhattan-only service. With currently over 40 million subscribers, the comedy, drama, sports and movie outlet regularly now outshines all other networks in terms of Emmy nominations, having built a reputation as a maverick programmer with shows such as The Larry Sanders Show (1992), Sex and the City (1998), The Sopranos (1999), Curb Your Enthusiasm
(2000) and Six Feet Under (2001). The station has collaborated with the BBC on Extras and Rome (both 2005) and with Channel 4 on Da Ali G Show (2003). Discussing their HBO jobs are actors Aidan Gillen (The Wire) and Jane Alexander (Tell Me You Love Me), and Sopranos team leaders
David Chase , Terence Winter and director/actor Peter Bogdanovich. Producer Kate Bland
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