Wild Boys

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Not to be confused with The Wild Boys (novel) or The Wild Boys (song).
Wild Boys
Genre Period drama
Starring Daniel MacPherson
Zoe Ventoura
Michael Dorman
David Field
Nathaniel Dean
Alex England
Anna Hutchison
Christopher Stollery
Jeremy Sims
Krew Boylan
Mathew Burn
Composer(s) Michael Lira and David McCormack
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Julie McGauran
Sarah Smith
Distributor Southern Star Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 4 September 2011 – 20 November 2011
External links
Website

Wild Boys is an Australian television period drama series that began airing on the Seven Network on 4 September 2011. It is produced by Julie McGauran and Sarah Smith from Southern Star and John Holmes. The series is set in and around the fictional town of Hopetoun and principally filmed in Wilberforce on the Hawkesbury, Nelson, and Glenworth Valley on the New South Wales Central Coast.[1]The series premiered in the UK on TCM UK on 3 March 2013.

The series was not renewed after the first season of 13 episodes.[2]

Plot[edit]

The pilot episode establishes the character of Jack Keenan (Daniel MacPherson) and his friend Dan Sinclair (Michael Dorman), bushrangers in 1860s' colonial New South Wales. Their robberies target those travelling by horse and cart as they usually carry with them a large amount of valuables. One such robbery attempt proves to be unsuccessful and another bushranger, Hogan, (who is usually at heads with the morals of Jack and Dan) assists them but lets his identity slip.

One of the victims of this robbery is the new Police Superintendent of Hopetoun, Francis Fuller (Jeremy Sims) and he wants to kill Jack and Dan at any cost. Jack returns to the town and stays at the inn owned and run by Mary Barrett (Zoe Ventoura) with whom he has a relationship. Mary however is angry at Jack as he hasn't been back for about three months. Fuller searches the town for Jack and Dan and almost catches them at the inn, but does catch and kills Hogan who he recognised from the robbery. Fuller ambushes Jack and Dan on another robbery attempt and they are captured.

On the way to their trial at court Fuller plans to kill Jack, Dan and an innocent farrier Conrad Fischer (Alex England) who is arrested under the pretence that he stole a horse. He wishes to eliminate Conrad as he knows that Emelia Fife (Anna Hutchison), the mayor's daughter has feelings for Conrad and Fuller too likes her. When the three men realise that they are about to be killed, they escape from the cart, hijack the horses and ride off. In order to pay for new guns they decide to rob the Hopetoun police station of the police payroll.

Conrad refuses to help them claiming that he is not a bushranger and will not take part in criminal activities but when he sees that they are in trouble he creates a diversion and saves them. Hence the boys decide to give him a part of their earnings and he decides to go try his luck with the Gold Rush and heads off away from town as it is now unsafe to return. Emelia is informed by Francis that Conrad has been killed and she is distraught and knows that Francis accused him due to his anger that she rejected him. However Conrad later visits her before departure and they both admit their feelings for each other and Conrad tells her that he will return for her and will try and strike it rich at the gold mines.

Dan too decides to take a break for a few days and meet up later with Jack. Jack heads off to an another family house who offer him a place to stay and a warm meal however later that night he hears screaming only to see the head of the family killed and as he walks out to take a look he is shot and knocked out by a masked figure.

Cast[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally broadcast DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 4 September 2011 (2011-09-04) 20 November 2011 (2011-11-20) N/A N/A 29 December 2011 (2011-12-29)[3]

Episodes[edit]

Wild Boys episodes
No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Australian viewers
(million)
1 "Episode 1" Jeffrey Walker John Ridley 4 September 2011 (2011-09-04) 1.827[4]
Bushrangers Jack Keenan (Daniel MacPherson) and Dan Sinclair (Michael Dorman) are on the new Police Superintendent Francis Fuller (Jeremy Sims)'s hunt list after they unknowingly robbed his cart. Conrad Fischer, a local black-smith, has to flee with them, after Fuller accuses him of stealing a horse, having taken a shine to Conrad's girlfriend.
2 "Episode 2" Jeffrey Walker John Ridley 11 September 2011 (2011-09-11) 1.504[5]
Shot and left for dead, Jack Keenan is accused of murders he didn't commit. He tries and finds the real killer, while avoiding getting captured and hanged.
3 "Episode 3" Ken Cameron James Walker 18 September 2011 (2011-09-18) 1.366[6]
When Jack, Dan, Charlie and Gunpowder discover that the bank they are trying to rob is empty, they decide to take the bank manager and his wife hostage until the money arrives.
4 "Episode 4" Arnie Custo Dave Warner 25 September 2011 (2011-09-25) 1.222[7]
As the Hopetoun Cup is running in town, Jack intends to ride and win the event - of course he also has stolen the favourite, painted it up and entered it as his own.
5 "Episode 5" Michelle Offen Ken Cameron 2 October 2011 (2011-10-02) 0.986[8]
6 "Episode 6" Arnie Custo John Ridley 9 October 2011 (2011-10-09) 0.946[9]
7 "Episode 7" Ian Barry James Walker 16 October 2011 (2011-10-16) 0.890[10]
8 "Episode 8" Ian Barry Sarah Smith 23 October 2011 (2011-10-23) 0.922[11]
9 "Episode 9" Shirley Barrett Michelle Offen 30 October 2011 (2011-10-30) 0.899[12]
10 "Episode 10" Shirley Barrett John Ridley 6 November 2011 (2011-11-06) 0.907[13]
11 "Episode 11" Mark Joffe Sam Meikle 13 November 2011 (2011-11-13) 0.896[14]
12 "Episode 12" Mark Joffe Dave Warner 20 November 2011 (2011-11-20) 0.860[15]
13 "Episode 13" Ian Watson John Ridley 20 November 2011 (2011-11-20) 0.860[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mediaspy.org/report/2011/02/21/seven-confirms-wild-boys-drama/
  2. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/tv/wild-boys-wont-return-to-channel-seven-in-2012/story-e6frexlr-1226189100380
  3. ^ "Wild Boys: Season 1". EzyDVD Pty Ltd. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Consolidated Metropolitan Top 20 Programs 5 City Ranking Report - Free To Air Only Week 37 2011". OzTAM. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Consolidated Metropolitan Top 20 Programs 5 City Ranking Report - Free To Air Only Week 38 2011". OzTAM. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Consolidated Metropolitan Top 20 Programs 5 City Ranking Report - Free To Air Only Week 39 2011". OzTAM. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Consolidated Metropolitan Top 20 Programs 5 City Ranking Report - Free To Air Only Week 40 2011". OzTAM. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Dale, David (3 October 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 41". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Dale, David (10 October 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 42". The Age (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Dale, David (17 October 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 43". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Dale, David (24 October 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 44". National Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Dale, David (31 October 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 45". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Dale, David (7 November 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 46". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Dale, David (14 November 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 47". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Dale, David (21 November 2011). "The Ratings Race: Week 48". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

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