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It’s the ‘Klondike’ gold rush on Discovery

Discovery Channel’s first scripted series chronicles the Yukon Gold Rush era

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 20, 2014


Discovery Channel presents its first scripted series ‘Klondike’, which focuses on the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s and is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike.

Featuring an all-star cast including Richard Madden (King of the North Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, A Promise), Abbie Cornish (RoboCop, Limitless), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) and Sam Shepard (August: Osage County, Out of the Furnace), Klondike tells the powerful story of the last great gold rush. This epic six-part series will air from June 23 to 28, every night at 10 PM.

The six-part period drama brings to life the tale of seven strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike. The journey begins in 1897 when two childhood best friends, Bill (Madden) and Epstein (Augustus Prew) make the perilous journey through the North American wilderness to Klondike boom town, Dawson City, ‘The Paris of the North’, where neither law nor order prevailed. In the untamed Yukon Territory during a period of outrageous lawlessness, murder, revenge, riches, violence and redemption awaited these two young, ambitious men who made the arduous, back-breaking journey to Dawson City.

Rahul Johri, Executive VP & GM, South Asia and Head of Revenue, Pan-Regional Ad Sales and Southeast Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “Discovery Channel continues to bring compelling stories that would be relatable to our audience. Klondike transports viewers back to the tail end of 19th-century life, and is presented in a refreshing format to offer a contemporary appeal.”

Klondike is a man-versus-nature tale that places the characters in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and deceptive, dangerous individuals fuelled by desperateness – including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs. Even danger and death could not stand in the way between the gold diggers and their opportunity to hit pay dirt.

Dawson City, Yukon, is the heart of the world-famous gold rush. In August 1896, three Yukon ‘Sourdoughs’, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim, found gold in Rabbit Creek, now called Bonanza Creek, and changed the history of the Yukon forever. Thousands of pick-and-shovel miners, prospectors, storekeepers, saloon keepers, bankers, gamblers, prostitutes and con men from every corner of the continent poured through snow-choked mountain passes and down the Yukon River to stake their claim to fortune on creeks with names like Eldorado, Bonanza, Last Chance and Too Much Gold. Most seekers found no gold but the prospect of sudden riches was not all that mattered.

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