Whether it's Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under or Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO has been storming the small screen for years. In a celebration of the channel's success London's BFI Southbank, from tomorrow, will host an HBO weekend. Screenings include parts one and two of The Pacific from the creative team behind Band of Brothers, and the first episode of Treme, from Wire creator David Simon. "HBO is ground-breaking in so many ways," says Justin Johnson, one of the BFI programmers working on the weekend's events. "There was a point when The Sopranos was coming to an end and Six Feet Under had finished, that people wondered what HBO were going to do next, but with all these new shows like True Blood and The Pacific, they've proved that they're a real phenomenon."
HBO offers a subscription service so it doesn't have to keep advertisers happy. It can produce challenging material such as new feature length drama, You Don't Know Jack (also being shown, only 12 hours after its first airing in the US), which focuses on the heavyweight subject of euthanasia. There will also be a panel discussion on British actors and directors working in the States, which includes director Susanna White, instrumental in the HBO series Generation Kill, Larry David, of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, and Alan Ball, creator of True Blood, in conversation.