Wanna be in my Gang?
But, as with Sharon Stone in Casino, director Martin Scorsese has here tried to give an actress a leg up the credibility ladder. Miss Stone was Oscar-nominated for Casino, but Miss Diaz is still firing blanks in that direction.
Here, Scorsese illustrates how Irish immigrants had to live below New York's law, while corrupt politicians were able to stay well above it.
Following the news that only $300 could buy your way out of President Lincoln's conscription draft, there was a horrific four-day bloodbath in 1863 called the Draft Riots, the worst in New York's history.
Daniel Day-Lewis gives an unforgettable performance as Bill the Butcher, with Diaz playing feisty pickpocket Jenny. Tonight's The Night (BBC1, 7.10pm) sees the return of John Barrowman's show giving talented people a chance to shine. The biggest risk they face here is a kiss from Barrowman, not a put-down from Simon Cowell.
Secrets Of The Pop Song (BBC2, 9.45pm) continues with Robbie Williams' songwriting partner Guy Chambers meeting Mark Ronson for the first time - but can they create a hit? GRAHAM YOUNG
Fight club: A scene from Scorsese's Gangs Of New York, and (inset) Cameron Diaz as feisty Jenny Everdeane.