9:30pm – Tuesday, August 10 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.
As suspicions arise that ‘road agents’ may have been the true perpetrators of a massacre, Swearengen takes a special interest in the health of its sole survivor, a young girl ministered to by the unlikely team of Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) and Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert).
Meanwhile, Bullock and Star attempt to buy property from Swearengen, who suspects an alliance between Wild Bill and the hardware fellows.