MEDIA: Zeitgeist - HBO's film version of Angels in America brings back the 80s in a $65m two-part epic

Angels in America, performed originally as a two-part play back in 1998, won the Pulitzer Prize for its writer, Tony Kushner, and was judged by many to be one of the most significant theatrical events of the whole of the 20th century.

Now, as a $65 million, two-part, six-hour HBO-produced epic, directed by Mike Nichols, it's set to become one of the television events of the new century.

Set in 1985 in New York, its intertwined stories feature most of the usual Reagan-era suspects: a gay couple driven apart by Aids, a Mormon couple troubled by the guilty secret (that the husband is in the closet out of shame and religious turmoil) and a renowned lawyer whose powers are fading.

Don't be put off by the cast, because let's be honest, Angels in America's three biggest stars, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, all fall within the love 'em or hate 'em category - this is worth watching especially if you can remember anything at all about the scary 80s.

And you thought that big TV events were merely about shifty politicians and public inquiries.

The show: Angels in America

The stars: Streep, Pacino, Thompson

The time: 7 and 8 February

The place: Channel 4

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