Discovery Channel goes on-script with Klondike
IF yOu’RE still carping about the frigid January weather, put yourselves in the boots of the American dreamers who battled avalanches, rapids, wolves, con men, typhus and frostbite in the yukon in Canada near the start of the 20th century, all on the slim chance they’d strike gold.
The chances for Discovery Channel to hit the jackpot with Klondike, its first scripted project, are much rosier. Historical miniseries have been game-changers for such networks as the History Channel ( Hatfields & McCoys) and Reelz ( The Kennedys). The story is an ideal companion piece to Discovery’s reality series Gold Rush, often the most popular show on all of Friday-night TV among men ages 18-49.
“Discovery is about Man’s relationship to nature, and sometimes that’s a beautiful relationship and sometimes that’s an agonising relationship,” said Delores Gavin, the network’s executive vice president of production and development.
In the case of Klondike, that relationship is mostly agonising.
Richard Madden ( Game Of Thrones) plays a recent college grad who, with his best friend, heads north to seek his fortune in Dawson City, a lawless town that makes HBO’s Deadwood look like Palm Springs.
There, the two discover a way of
Braving the cold: (front, from left) Klondike stars Sam Shepard, Tim roth, Johnny Simmons, (back row, from left) Simon Cellan Jones (director), actors augustus Prew and Conor Leslie. – aFP