The untold stories behind the prohibition years - one of the most colourful eras in modern American history.
On the stroke of midnight on January 16 1920, America went dry. By decree of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, every citizen would be denied the right to produce or sell alcohol. Almost instantly, this remarkable new law set into motion a cavalcade of events whose fallout is still with us today.
This documentary series takes us back to one of the most colourful eras in modern American history. It is a period that has been mythologised by Hollywood, synonymous with gangsters, speakeasies and the ‘Roaring Twenties’, but for the first time this series looks beyond the myths and the cliches to discover the untold stories behind the prohibition years.