'Klondike': 'Game of Thrones' Richard Madden and Abbie Cornish battle an endless winter

When an avalanche roars down a mountain, swallowing climbers, it's clear this is not CGI. It's too real, dramatic and consuming.That pretty much describes "Klondike," the Discovery Channel miniseries airing Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-22. The cablenet's foray into scripted drama is slow to start but quickly finds the right pace.It's a savvy choice for an epic, focusing on a chapter of history that people know, the Yukon Gold Rush, but not well. The six-hour production features characters based on real people, including a braying Jack London. It's a drama, though, not a documentary."Klondike" gives what a miniseries must to keep us engaged: basic human condition. And it does not get more basic than battling the elements of an endless winter in a time before high-tech materials and portable batteries were invented.Having defrosted from this shoot, Richard Madden ("Game of Thrones"), who plays the main character, all-around good guy Bill Haskell, was driving in Scotland...



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