BRACE YOURSELF FOR GOLD FEVER WITH YUKON GOLD
Apr . 29 . 2015
The wait is almost over.
We’re thrilled to announce that Yukon Gold will premiere Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY. A Paperny Entertainment production, this exciting 10-part series tracks four mining crews on a modern day gold rush as they scour the ruthless Yukon wilderness in the hopes of striking it rich. Working 18 hour days under the midnight sun, these competitive die-hards leave their loved ones behind and battle monster machine breakdowns, the harsh landscape and each other for a chance to cure their gold fever. Will they bank big bucks, or just big debt?
“Viewers will get down and dirty with these tenacious gold mining teams who expose the true grit of where our gold comes from,” said David Paperny, president, Papery Entertainment. “These miners wager their relationships, their reputation and even their lives to get their next gold fix worth thousands or even millions of dollars.”
Yukon Gold delves into the lives of four gold mining crews around Dawson City, Yukon – “Big” Al McGregor, Bernie Kreft, best friends Ken Foy and Guillaume Brodeur, and Karl Knutson. These men have only four months between the seasonal thaw in late June to the freeze in early October to prospect. In the visually stunning, but dangerous Yukon landscape, the learning curve is steep and the operating costs are high. These mining crews work under brutal conditions, testing their mettle – and their dreams – on a daily basis. It is a prospect that could secure a big-time reward, but also risks big-time failure.
Here’s a sneak peek of what viewers can expect from the first two episodes of Yukon Gold:
EPISODE ONE: SLUICE OR DIE (Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Gold mining season begins in Dawson City, Yukon, and the countdown to winter is on. Newcomer “Big” Al worries his season could be over before it starts when his excavator, named ‘Big Girl,’ fails. Further south, Bernie struggles not only to find gold, but also to teach his young sons how to be miners. In Moose Creek, best friends Ken and Guillaume cannot get their sluice machine, “The Beast,” up and running – and without it, their entire season could be a bust. Despite all these setbacks, by the end of the episode, one of these teams will walk away with $250,000 worth of gold.
EPISODE TWO: NO DEATHS, NO WORRIES (Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
It is week three for Ken and Guillaume’s mining crew and non-stop rain jeopardizes their cut. On Sulphur Creek, young crew boss Karl has no sluice machine, and no sluicer means no gold. Karl’s father Marty, a highly respected self-made miner, builds another one from scratch. While Karl waits, he struggles to keep his crew on task – and live up to his father’s high expectations. Big Al tests new strategies – and new equipment – on a fresh claim. If only he could keep all of his machines running.
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