Gold Rush

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Dis­cov­ery You may re­mem­ber this pro­gram about fos­sick­ing for gold in the Alaskan wilder­ness. Last sea­son, six men who were down on their luck gave gold­min­ing their all. Af­ter sink­ing their last $US250,000 into a 21m glory hole, they ex­pected to break their backs, then leave as mil­lion­aires be­fore the bleak Alaskan win­ter froze them out. Un­for­tu­nately, though they did strike gold, they found just $US20,000 worth be­tween them. This time they are su­per­siz­ing their op­er­a­tion (isn’t ev­ery­one?) with twice the equip­ment, twice the man­power, and twice the gold-rich ground. Nat­u­rally, they are go­ing to split into two teams that will com­pete with each other. The Dakota boys are go­ing to con­tinue where they left off at their mine in Por­cu­pine Creek. But wait a minute, wasn’t that the one that turned out to be a com­plete dud last sea­son? Yes, but ap­par­ently they didn’t go deep enough. ‘‘ We’re get­ting closer to the pay­load with ev­ery scoop,’’ says a pos­si­bly de­luded Dakota boy. The other team, led by fa­ther and son Jack and Todd Hoff­man, opens up a new site at nearby Quartz Creek. Rugged men in rugged ac­tiv­ity in a quest for mil­lion-dol­lar hauls. Sounds a bit like the stock ex­change mi­nus the suits.

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