Airdate: Luck

New HBO drama Luck begins on Showcase next month.

The horseracing drama features Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, and is directed by Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Crime Story).

Created by David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, LA Law, Hill Street Blues) this has already been renewed for a second season in the US.

In this provocative look at the worlds of horseracing and gambling, told through a diverse group of characters surrounding a California racetrack, Michael Mann directs Dustin Hoffman as intuitive tough guy Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein, who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations.

Recently released from prison after three years, he teams with Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), his longtime chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace’s strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation.

In the meantime, an old trainer (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle – as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.

The ensemble cast includes Kevin Dunn, Richard Kind, Jason Gedrick, Ritchie Coster, Ian Hart, Tom Payne, Kerry Condon, Gary Stevens and Jill Hennessy.

It begins with a double episode 7:30pm Sunday 18th March.

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