9:30pm – Tuesday, August 17 on ABC2
Deadwood: South Dakota … in an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything – and everyone – has a price.
Welcome to Deadwood…a hell of a place to make your fortune. The story begins two weeks after Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn, combining fictional and real- life characters and events in an epic morality tale.
Located in the Black Hills Indian Cession, the ‘town’ of Deadwood is an illegal settlement, a violent and uncivilised outpost that attracts a colourful array of characters looking to get rich – from outlaws and entrepreneurs to ex-soldiers and racketeers, Chinese labourers, prostitutes, city dudes and gunfighters.
Among the settlers are ex-lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), the legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine), and Machiavellian saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane). With its unflinching realism, adult themes and wickedly inventive storylines, Deadwood is an intense, character-driven drama that takes elements of the traditional western and turns them upside down.
Competition arrives for Swearengen in the form of the Bella Union, a new gambling outfit from Chicago operated by savvy Cy Tolliver (Powers Booth), Madame Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens) and gaming guru Eddie Sawyer (Ricky Jay). Hickok puts up precious collateral in a poker game with McCall (Garret Dillahunt), and a threat from Brom Garret (Timothy Omundson) regarding his gold claim invites harsh consequences. The relationship between Bullock and Swearengen continues to worsen over the latter’s suspicions of Bullock’s and Hickok’s intentions.