Deadwood

9:30pm – Monday, August 15 on ABC2

After three near impeccable seasons Deadwood draws to a close tonight with a final episode full of intensity and intimidation.

Set in the late 1800s in a deeply corrupt mining town all the ideas that were building in the first two series come to a delightful and bloody end in this final instalment.

Tonight, voting day dawns in Deadwood.

In the empty theatre Langrishe (Brian Cox) reviews the state of tensions in the camp and whether it should prevent their debut.

Laid up with back pain George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) orders Farnum (William Sanderson) to deliver a note to Swearengen (Ian McShane). EB fears the note demands his death but Al reveals that it insists on Trixie’s (Paula Malcomson).

Fed up with being in hiding, Trixie dresses to go out, swearing she’s not afraid to die.

Under the guise of asking about his health, Langrishe visits Hearst to gauge his intentions over resolving tensions with Swearengen and Sheriff Bullock (Timothy Olyphant).

Hearst reveals his intention to leave Deadwood as soon as he sees the election returns and the whore who shot him dead.

9:30pm – Monday, August 8 on ABC2

As the brutal but brilliant third season of Deadwood draws to a close this deliciously profane and blood soaked slice of the wild west continues to thrill.

This has not been a TV series for the faint hearted as frequent coarse language abounds – as does nudity and gore.

Tonight, there’s a pre-dawn meeting at the hardware store and Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) heads over to find out what’s happening when he runs into newspaper man Merrick (Jeffrey Jones) who shows Al his article about Mrs Ellsworth’s (Molly Parker) shooting.

They are interrupted with news trumpeting the arrival of 25 guns for hire.

En route to the hardware store Al picks up Langrishe (Brian Cox) and E. B.

Farnum (William Sanderson) demanding to know what’s going on.

Meanwhile, in his tent on Alma’s claim, Ellsworth (Jim Beaver) ponders the impact of his visits to the camp when he is shot dead by one of the Pinkertons.

Later, a Cornishman drives his wagon bearing Ellsworth’s body through the thoroughfare, as George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) and Swearengen observe the unfolding drama from their vantage points.

When Trixie (Paula Malcomson) sees Ellsworth’s body she reacts. Heading to the Grand Central, her hand on her derringer, she bares her breasts as she enters and marches up to Hearst’s door, exposing her privates as he answers her knock. Hearst is caught off guard and in that split second she shoots him – aiming for his heart but hitting his shoulder.

9:30pm – Monday, August 1 on ABC2

Here’s another pivotal episode of this deliciously profane and blood-soaked slice of the wild west.

As Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker) walks to the bank, a gunshot is fired in her direction. Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) rushes to escort her to safety.

Al (Ian McShane) orders Sheriff Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) away campaigning, to be wired. He summons Trixie (Paula Malcomson) to watch over Alma and dispatches Adams (Titus Welliver) to guard the schoolhouse, and Dority (W Earl Brown) to fetch Mr. Ellsworth (Jim Beaver).

As Commissioner Jarry (Stephen Tobolowsky) wonders aloud about a world in which a woman is shot at, Hearst accuses him of hypothesizing about his role in the shooting. Jarry backtracks quickly, turning the conversation to their mutual interests in the upcoming election.

“Elections cannot inconvenience me,” Hearst warns. “They ratify my will or I neuter them.” Al decides Mrs. Ellsworth should continue her walk to the bank – to confound Hearst.

Drinking with Trixie to calm her nerves, Alma breaks down. Al arrives with a tray of tea and suggests the shots were meant to frighten her – and incite Mr.

Ellsworth or the Sheriff to violent retaliation. With this Alma agrees to complete her walk to the bank alone.

Meanwhile, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) enquires about the “woman of exotic appearance” who performed at the Amateur Night.

9:30pm – Monday, July 25 on ABC2

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.

While the Earp brothers, Wyatt (Gale Harold) and Morgan (Austin Nichols) are being evicted from the Bella Union after a late night of whoring, George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) makes it clear to a lieutenant that the camp is to know his new gunmen have arrived, and he’d have no objection if the knowledge was transmitted by a disruption of traffic in the thoroughfare.

Hearst also orders the discomfiture of newspaper man Merrick (Jeffrey Jones).

Midway through discussing remaining options of reinforcements, Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is interrupted by several pistoleros riding through the camp, nearly trampling Wu (Keone Young). Al wonders about his ability to remain unprovoked.

Meanwhile, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) stops by to check on Hearst’s back pain. Hearst asks what Swearengen’s reaction was to the new arrivals but Langrishe begs to remain neutral.

Langrishe arrives at the bank to deposit $4000 and borrow the same amount, suggesting that knowledge that he was borrowing from the bank to remodel the Chez Ami into a theatre, would prove his intentions to lay roots in the camp. Mrs Elsworth (Molly Parker) approves the ‘loan’ and he invites her to the Amateur Night his troupe is hosting that evening.

9:30pm – Monday, July 18 on ABC2

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.

As the sun slowly rises Merrick (Jeffrey Jones) and Blazanov (Pasha Lychnikoff) are seen delivering the day’s edition of ‘The Pioneer’ to eagerly awaiting readers at the Grand Central and the Gem. The publication contains Sheriff Bullock’s (Timothy Olyphant) condolence letter to the family of a murdered Cornish miner – drawing the umbrage of mining magnate George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).

The stage coach arrives to the sound of gunfire – celebratory shots fired by a pair of young riders accompanying the stage. The driver explains to the crowd gathering that they were set upon by road agents but the two young men saved the day.

The sound of gunfire from Wyatt (Gale Harold) and Morgan (Austin Nichols) Earp unsettles the Sheriff and Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) who wonder if they’re Hearst’s men. Swearengen talks to Wyatt Earp, evaluating his story.

Meanwhile, as Samuel ‘The General’ Fields (Franklin Ajaye) prepares for his departure, an incident at the livery hinders his travel plans.

As the livery owner Steve (Michael Harvey) rants, The General refuses to be drawn into an argument telling Steve he’s off to San Francisco as soon as he runs an errand.

Finally, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) moves his ailing friend Chesterton (Aubrey Morris) to the theatre for his last curtain call.

9:30pm – Monday, July 11 on ABC2

From the very beginning, until the ending, this episode has everything – great acting, great writing, extreme violence, bad language and even sensitive powerful moments. Not for the tame of heart, but brave viewers are rewarded.

Tonight, George Hearst’s (Gerald McRaney) cook, Aunt Lou (Cleo King) fears her son, Odell’s (Omar Gooding) collaboration with the mining magnate.

Odell shows Hearst an assay report and a sample of the ore, explaining the Liberian land owners have authorised him to seek a partnership.

Liquor on Odell’s breath and showing gold thousands of miles from its ‘purported source’ does not impress Hearst.

Hearst tells him his slipshod approach to fleecing him won’t work. Odell takes offence and Hearst has to clam him so discussions can continue.

Meanwhile the camp’s leaders meet at Al Swearengen’s (Ian McShane) Gem.

Waiting for the meeting’s participants, Cy Tolliver (Powers Booth) and Al discuss Hearst.

Given his rage at the ear-pulling he suffered at the hands of Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), Tolliver thinks the only way to avoid the camp going up in flames is to give Hearst the sheriff’s badge.

When Bullock arrives at the Gem he tosses his badge on the table and Tolliver jumps at the chance to placate Hearst, but Al rejects the gesture.

9:30pm – Monday, July 4 on ABC2

Having spent an uncomfortable night in jail, George Hearst (Gerald McRaney) is further incensed by this affront to his veneer of respectability, and vows to destroy anyone or anything that stands in the way of his control of Deadwood.

On the other side of town, however, he inadvertently finds a window of opportunity. Alma Ellsworth (Molly Parker) has been turned back on to the destructive drug laudanum and her supplier is no less than Cy Tolliver’s (Powers Boothe) manservant Leon (Larry Cedar).

But even as Tolliver rushes to inform Hearst of this fortuitous development, Leon has second thoughts about supplying Mrs Ellsworth with the drugs, knowing that in the event of a calamity he might find himself silenced – permanently – if anyone were to find out who gave her the drugs.

Meanwhile, Trixie (Paula Malcolmson), who until now stood by Mrs Ellsworth through her recovery/addiction, finally confronts her boss and sometime-friend, hoping to talk some sense into her.

Then of course there’s the matter of Aunt Lou (Cleo King), Hearst’s coloured taskmaster/chef. When her son Odell (Omar Gooding) arrives in camp he proves to be an unexpectedly volatile presence. Hearst initially rebuffs Odell’s stay in his mother’s room but becomes fascinated by the boy when he volunteers information about gold claims in Africa that he saw while working in Liberia.

9:30pm – Monday, June 27 on ABC2

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.

Tonight, Cy Tolliver (Powers Booth) is looking for an underling to represent him in his dealings with George Hearst (Gerald McRaney), mimicking Al Swearengen’s (Ian McShane) approach.

Hearst tries to discern Silas Adams’ (Titus Welliver) loyalty to Swearengen, and whether he can win it away. In the end, all Hearst offers is a message that Captain Turner (Alan Graf) is ready to take on Dan Dority (W Earl Brown).

Swearengen debriefs Adams on his meeting. Dority, riled that he’s been called out, is ready to fight. But Al wants to think first.

Meanwhile, Bullock draws his gun to fire the signal for Hostetler (Richard Gant) at the hardware store and ‘drunk’ Steve (Michael Harney) to sign simultaneously their agreement on the livery.

Al, unable to figure Hearst’s angle, sends Dority off to fight. Dority prepares, greasing himself up. Johnny Burns (Sean Bridgers) offers to shoot Turner if Dan signals something is going wrong, but Dority won’t have it.

As Turner prepares, Hearst and Turner recollect past fights, Hearst insinuating he should make the fight an object lesson for everyone watching.

Dority and Turner charge towards each other and a long and brutal battle.

9:30pm – Monday, June 20 on ABC2

With invigorating complexity and depth Deadwood emotes intellectual and emotional meaning like no other show.

Deadwood isn’t merely about language or action or characters it’s about all of these in concert with one another and not only for a given scene or episode but for the whole series.

There’s a new dawning in Deadwood tonight. Mrs Elsworth (Molly Parker) officially opens the Bank of Deadwood, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) falls into step with Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens) about buying the Chez Ami for use as a theatre, while Hostetler (Richard Gant) arrives back in the camp after six weeks absence with the horse that killed the sheriff’s boy.

Hostetler takes responsibility for the accident but Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) doesn’t blame him. The sheriff does want him to broker a deal with drunk Steve (Michael Harney) who cared for the livery in Hostetler’s absence.

Despite a barrage of racial insults and screaming epithets Hostetler agrees to sign over the livery to Steve for a fair price.

Meanwhile, Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) have a meeting with Hearst (Gerald McRaney) in his Grand Central rooms. Hearst indicates he’ll be in and out of Deadwood on a regular basis and wants Al and Cy to look after his interests.

Swearengen demands to see the numbers but Hearst wants agreement in principle first. Al delegates Adams (Titus Welliver) to represent him in future dealings with the mining magnate.

9:30pm – Monday, June 13 1 on ABC2

appearance and poetically obscene in language Deadwood is really a camp hoping to be a town hoping to be part of the United States. So vivid are the characters and so rich the texture it is defiantly and noisily unlike anything else on television – a Western even for people who avoid Westerns.

Tonight, Trixie (Paula Malcomson) accuses Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) of becoming a recluse as he convalesces from his meeting with Hearst (Gerald McRaney).

She can’t understand why Al seems to be caving in to Hearst but their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of a stage coach from San Francisco carrying a dandified Mr Wu (Keone Young), as well as Hearst’s cook, Aunt Lou (Cleo King). A second wagon arrives with flamboyant Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox) and his theatrical troupe.

Meanwhile, Mrs Elsworth (Molly Parker) visits Doc Cochran (Brad Dourif) who rebukes her for not resting longer, though he admits she seems fully recovered from her complications with her pregnancy.

At the Gem saloon Wu meets with Swearengen to illustrate his trip but all Al wants to know is when Hearst’s new chink employees are due in Deadwood.

In the jail Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Oliphant) wants vengeance for Hearst’s murdering of unionised miners and puts the mining magnatw on notice but Hearst reminds him that two of his guards had their throats slashed at the Gem while others looked on.