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Klondike and other Ridley Scott small screen creations - A retrospective


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RIDLEY Scott is legendary master of the big screen with iconic movies like Alien and Blade Runner under his belt but he is also no stranger to the small screen either – in fact there is no screen too small for this giant, with some celebrated adverts to his credit (que the Hovis theme tune).

With the release of Scott’s new gold digging docu-drama Klondike coming out on DVD (May 5, 2014), we take a look at some of his TV-series of note.

2005 saw a TV series surge for Scott with these two successful shows – Andromeda Strain and Numb3rs.

Andromeda Strain – based on the 1969 novel, this is Scott as we know and love him, producer of this acclaimed sci-fi series. A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped. Although it received mixed reviews the miniseries was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards.


Numb3rs is like Rainman meets CSI in this crime drama also produced by Scott. Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes – A typical episode begins with a crime, which is subsequently investigated by a team of FBI agents and then mathematically modelled, the insights provided by were always in some way crucial to solving the crime. This crime drama ran for an impressive 5 years finishing in 2010.

Going from strength to strength in miniseries success, Scott gives us The Good Wife, premiering in 2009, with season-long story arcs that also features stand alone procedural story lines, that will be resolved or concluded by the end of each episode.

The Good Wife

Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state’s attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm. CBS renewed the show for a 6th season this March and Ridley is still going strong as Executive Producer, the court rests your honour!

2011 Scott plays himself in this series documentary called Prophets of Science Fiction. The series covers the life and work of leading science fiction authors over the last couple of centuries. It looks at how the imaginings of the writers are now becoming the science realities of our day.

In a similar way that Scott is producing Klondike for Discovery Channel, he produced this interesting documentary for the Science Channel, which certainly has some fascinating theories.

Now in Scott’s newest mini-series to grace our screens, Klondike tells the true story of two childhood best friends, Bill (Richard Madden – Game of Thrones) and Epstein (Augustus Prew – Kick-Ass 2), in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory.

This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Klondike comes to DVD on May 5, 2014.