9:30pm – Tuesday, August 3 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.
July, 1876, after executing his last act of justice as a Montana Marshall, Seth Bullock relocates to a gold-mining camp known as Deadwood, where he and partner Sol Star (John Hawkes) look to start a hardware business. Bullock soon crosses paths with another new arrival – legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok – and clashes with the formidable boss of the Gem Saloon and occasional deal broker, Al Swearengen.