Blood, Guts, and Gold: With an All-Star Cast Including Richard Madden, Sam Shepard, Tim Roth, and Abbie Cornish, Epic Miniseries KLONDIKE Premieres Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery
– Based on Canadian writer Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike, and filmed against the stunning Alberta mountain range, the six-hour miniseries debuts day-and-date with U.S. premiere –
– All six hours of KLONDIKE will air Sunday, January 26 beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT in a special encore marathon –
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TORONTO (December 19, 2013) – Inspired by the true stories of those who hunted for wealth and battled for survival in the brutal 1890s’ gold rush in Canada’s Yukon Territory, Discovery presents KLONDIKE, a sweeping six-hour, three-night miniseries premiering Monday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Based on the novel by award-winning Canadian biographer and historian Charlotte Gray, Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, KLONDIKE brings to life the tale of seven strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, 1890s frontier town in the remote Klondike. Discovery Canada will present the miniseries day-and-date with the Discovery U.S. premiere, an epic television event airing nightly at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Monday, January 20 through Wednesday, January 22. Discovery Canada will present all six hours of KLONDIKE in a special encore marathon on Sunday, January 26, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Stake your claim. KLONDIKE – an epic three-night television event – premieres on Discovery Jan. 20-22
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“This gold rush story is an incredible chapter in our own Canadian history. The grit and determination, the harsh conditions, raw beauty, and deadly power of nature – these themes resonate with our audience even today,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Canada. “KLONDIKE will be an extraordinary extension of Discovery’s already-captivating ‘gold’ programming and we’re delighted to bring this to Canadian viewers in the New Year.”
Filmed on location in Alberta last spring, KLONDIKE features a stellar, award-winning cast, including Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff) as Jesuit priest Father Judge; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Tim Roth (Rob Roy; Reservoir Dogs, LIE TO ME) as The Count; and female lead Abbie Cornish (Limitless, Sucker Punch) as the entrepreneurial businesswoman Belinda Mulroney. The friends and prospectors at the heart of the story are Richard Madden (GAME OF THRONES) as Bill Haskell, and Augustus Prew (THE BORGIAS, Charlie St. Cloud) as Byron Epstein. Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) appears as iconic writer Jack London.
KLONDIKE follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, during the late 1890s gold rush as they endeavour to make their fortune in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places the pair in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions and unpredictable weather. The duo face desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans, and indigenous communities witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.
KLONDIKE is based on the 2010 novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike by Canadian writer Charlotte Gray. As cameras rolled on Fortress Mountain, near Kananaskis in Alberta last spring, Gray visited the set to witness her characters brought to life. “The miniseries uses most of the characters from my book, but has added a dose of fiction to their stories. I’ve read the scripts and I’m really impressed with the way they have shaped my research to the demands of TV narrative,” said Gray. “I watched [Richard] Madden and [Augustus] Prew slog uphill for half a mile through three feet of powder, and realized how strong the original stampeders must have been to make that journey. The actors were young, fit – and exhausted by the effort.”
From the construction of incredible sets, to the extraordinary level of historical authenticity, the world of KLONDIKE extends online at Discovery.ca/Klondike. Here, users can explore Dawson City’s world of greed, lust, and epic challenges through extensive photo galleries, video, and other companion content. Behind-the-scenes video and interviews with cast members, including Richard Madden and Abbie Cornish, add another dimension to the KLONDIKE experience. The miniseries also offers an exceptional opportunity for social media engagement across Discovery’s Facebook and Twitter platforms, featuring “sneak peeks” and find interesting facts leading up to the broadcast premiere. Across the three-night broadcast, users can follow the conversation with other KLONDIKE fans, enjoying a multi-platform event experience.
KLONDIKE is a co-production between Discovery U.S., Entertainment One Television (eOne), and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television. Paul Scheuring (PRISON BREAK) was the primary writer and served as Executive Producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker; as well as John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg for eOne; Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes served as co-producers for Nomadic. Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz wrote episodes as Consulting Producers. Eileen O’Neill and Dolores Gavin served as Executive Producers for Discovery.
The miniseries is produced with assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.
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