Ten years after its successful run on Broadway Tony Kushners' AIDS drama Angels in America conquered television when it aired on HBO in December 2003. It was shown in two three-hour installments, with the first airing on December 7, followed one week later by Part 2. It starred Meryl Streep (pictured here as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg), Emma Thompson and Al Pacino as the vile Roy Cohn (pictured with Streep). Jeffrey Wright was the only actor from the Broadway run who also appeared in the TV production. Streep, Thompson and Wright played multiple roles.
HBO's production was critically acclaimed and won a slew of awards. At the time its eleven Emmy Awards was the most ever awarded one show. Angels joined other acclaimed TV movies such as And the Band Played On (also on HBO, ten years earlier), Andre's Mother (PBS) and An Early Frost (NBC) in bringing the tragedy of AIDS into America's living rooms.