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Sons of Anarchy (the programme we may all be watching)

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Sons of Anarchy coming soon..

Sons of Anarchy coming soon..

The latest acclaimed series to leave American shores is Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy.  The story of a mid-thirties guy who tries to balance life as a new father with life as a member of a Biker gang.

Kurt Sutter is the man behind the Shield and a forthcoming re-make of Enter the Dragon.

Playing the lead character we have English actor Charlie Hunnam.  His previous work includes Biker Grove, Hooligans, know in the UK as Green Street.  He was also in several episodes of Queer as Folk, which is a bit of a departure.  Also in the series we have Sutter’s real-life-wife Katey Sagal and Ron Pearlman.

The biker gangs came about after the Second World War.  Returning veterans found it hard to adjust to civilian life and several hundred found release by forming gangs of motorcycle enthusiasts.   One of the pioneers were the Hell’s Angels (L.A. chapter), established in 1957.  Named after a wartime Air Force squadron and led by the charismatic Ralph ‘Sonny’ Barger, they became infamous for their violence and organized crime.

Other groups soon followed, such as the Outlaws, the Pagans, the Mongols and Bandidos.  Their organisation is far from anarchic, each chapter has a President, Vice-President, Secretary and a Sergeant-at-Arms.

Over the years they have been known to be involved in Riots, Extortion, Prostitution, Drugs and Arms dealings.  Paradoxially they have also done a lot of work for orphans charities and veterans.

So I will leave you today with a clip of what may be the best series on British TV since the Sopranos.

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

May 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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