Sons of Anarchy

THE BOX – Mondays from 2 January, 8.30pm

One of the hit shows of last year comes to the BOX! From Kurt Sutter, writer/producer of The Shield, comes Sons of Anarchy, a dark drama set in Charming, a sheltered community watched over by a renegade motorcycle club intent on protecting the town from the newcomers that threaten it. Jackson “Jax” Teller is one member of the brotherhood, who finds his own loyalty to the group tested when he experiences its increasing lawlessness and notoriety, while at the same time adjusting to life as a father. But confusing matters are Jax’s mother and stepfather, two ruthless individuals who happen to be the masterminds behind the club. In the first episode, Jax grows weary of the increasing lawlessness of the motorcycle club he is involved with. His life becomes more unstable when he discovers his late father’s true vision for the Sons of Anarchy, and his crank-addicted ex-wife gives birth to his son.

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9:30pm – Wednesday, June 15 on TV 3

Tara’s (Maggie Siff) troubles continue to escalate when Jax (Charlie Hunnam) makes an unlikely alliance in this week’s unmissable Sons Of Anarchy, continuing its latest third season on Wednesday, June 15 th at 9:30pm on 3.

It’s been a challenging season so far for Tara. First, she was rejected by her boyfriend, Jax, whose obsession with finding his abducted infant son made him push everyone away. Then, Tara unknowingly went to help Gemma (Katey Sagal) deal with a woman who threatened to turn in Gemma for the reward. After a scuffle, that woman ended up dead, and Tara helped Gemma cover it up.

“The moment Tara made the decision to go up and help, it kind of sealed the deal for trouble,” Siff explains about the incident. “Just being around Gemma, you never know what direction things are going to go. All of the characters at one point or another learn that there’s no arguing with her will.”

Tara has been around the motorcycle club long enough to get her hands dirty, but she’s never been this closely linked to murder. So, will Tara’s involvement change her?

“I think Tara will always be struggling with her conscience in one way or another,” Siff says. “The weight of those deeds and the ramifications that they have in the world continue to play themselves out in Tara’s head and heart. But at the same time, there’s a lot more gray in her world than there used to be. It’s a function of having been in this world and following the logic of Gemma.”

But don’t look for Tara to become just like Gemma either. “I don’t want to call Gemma amoral, but there is a way in which her moral universe is pretty radically different than most people,” Siff says. “I suspect Tara’s moral universe will always stay a little closer to that of the audience rather than some of the other characters on the show.” And even though Jax and Tara overcame a spat early this season, Siff says that Tara’s involvement in the murder will only further complicate the couple’s relationship.

“He’s just so confused, I don’t think he knows what he wants,” she says. “Part of him wants her to be this other person that she started out as. I think seeing her move closer to this world is probably a source of conflict for him. “It’s going to be a pretty bumpy ride for them,” Siff continues. “It’s almost too much for them to handle, and it’s not looking that good.”

What could all this mean for the couple? Find out when Sons Of Anarchy screens on Wednesday, June 15 th at 9:30pm on 3.

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9:30pm – Wednesday, June 1 on TV 3

Famed author Stephen King (Misery, It, Shawshank Redemption) makes a very special appearance on Sons of Anarchy when the hit series continues its latest season on Wednesday, June 1st at 9:30pm on 3.

The bestselling author will portray a character named Bachman – King wrote a number of his horror novels under the name Richard Bachman – who he describes as “highly skilled in an unusual profession”.

King was asked to guest star in the series after he wrote a positive column about the show for Entertainment Weekly.

“I like the show, it’s one of those shows which seems to have gotten better as it goes along, it’s found its groove,” King explains.

“[Creator] Kurt Sutter got in touch with me [and] said if you’re ever out here we’d like to have you on the show. Ordinarily I would say no but he said he’d put me on a Harley, so here I am.”

“The bike was just awesome: a bright red Harley-Davidson Road-Glide,” King continues. “I also got to wear all black clothes, bright red sled – can’t do much better than that!”

But did he pull the look off? find out when Stephen King guest stars in Sons of Anarchy, screening on Wednesday, June 1st at 9:30pm on 3.