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Drover’s Gold (BBC-1 1997, David Calder, Geraldine James)

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Period drama serial. A group of 19th century Welsh cattle drivers make an epic journey to save their community.

Drover’s Gold is the passionate, funny and moving story of a band of nineteenth century cowboys and their adventures on the road while droving a herd of cattle from mid Wales to London. Lead by young Aaron Jones, a poor tenant farmer, the raggle taggle band include Handl, a drunk, Armstrong, an itinerant blacksmith, and wise old salt Moc. On the way they encounter many challenges – including the vicious obstacles that their enemy Vaughan throws their way. All the men will go an epic journey in more ways than one – no one more so than young Aaron who falls in love for the first time. Romance, adventure and spectacular scenery in this compelling Welsh Western.

production details
UK | BBC One | 1×90 minutes 4×50 minutes | 1997

Writer: Michael Chaplin | Producers: Ruth Caleb, Andy Dyer | Director: Tristam Powell

cast
DAVID CALDER as Vaughan
GERALDINE JAMES as Ruth
FREDDIE JONES as Mac
RAY STEVENSON as Armstrong
EMMA FIELDING as Elizabeth
JOHN STANDING as Sir Huw