The UK’s Discovery Channel is following the lead of its US cousin. Discovery Channel UK has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Klondike, the US Discovery Channel’s first ever scripted mini-series. The five-part mini, which hails from Ridley Scott and ScottFree Productions, is set to premiere on Discovery Channel UK on Thursday March 27th at 9pm.
Based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, the mini-series 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. Klondike is a co-production between Discovery, Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Productions and stars Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones), Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction), Ian Hart (Harry Potter) and August Prew (About A Boy).
Klondike was the first ever scripted mini-series for the Discovery Channel – a network best known for its factual output – in the United States. It represents a move on the part of parent company Discovery Communications to increase the number of scripted efforts produced by their key networks which can then be rolled out across their global channels business. The success of Klondike, which pulled in some 3.4 million viewers in the US for its first episode, has led to Discovery and ScottFree teaming to producing a second scripted mini about William Wallace and Robert Bruce, which is currently in development.
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