KLONDIKE: Man vs. NatureThe actors and producers of KLONDIKE discuss the physical and emotional challenges of shooting on location in a cold and demanding environment. | KLONDIKE premieres Monday, January 20th at 9/8c on Discovery!
Creating an Authentic KlondikeThe production crew of KLONDIKE talks about the challenges of creating historically authentic sets and shooting on location in a demanding physical environment. | KLONDIKE premieres Monday, January 20th at 9/8c on Discovery!
Gold! That one word sent shock waves across North America and stirred men to find a fortune – and lose their lives – over four extraordinary years. Prospectors knew the frozen Northwest of Canada had potential. But when men began to send millions in found gold back to U.S. cities, a fever gripped the country. Newspaper headlines fanned the flames as over 100,000 people set out. Just 4,000 struck gold. The final tally: over seven billion in gold at a price of blood, sweat and death.
Featuring Richard Madden,Abbie Cornish, Tim Roth and Sam Shepard, the drama tells the powerful story of the last great Gold Rush in our history.
“We have wanted to get into the scripted game for quite some time but knew we needed to wait for the right script,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery Channel and TLC, and KLONDIKE Executive Producer. “We had to think about the kind of story that would appeal to our audience but also be something everyone would enjoy. When KLONDIKE came along, there was no question that this was the story we were meant to tell. This is truly a coming of age story about love, friendship and family but also a story about greed and how it can turn people. KLONDIKE is a beautiful, exciting and epic tale that revolves around GOLD! There truly could not be a better story for Discovery to tell.”
Based on Charlotte Gray’s book "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike," the three-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. 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 fueled by desperateness – including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.
The mini-series is produced with assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.
This epic six hour, three night television event kicks off on Discovery Channel Monday, January 20 at 9 PM ET/PT, followed by part two Tuesday, January 21 at 9 PM ET/PT and part three Wednesday, January 22 at 9PM ET/PT.