Hell on Wheels is a western period drama series set in 1865, which centers on the settlement that accompanied the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, referred to as "Hell on Wheels" by the company men, surveyors, support workers, labourers, prostitutes, mercenaries and others who make the mobile encampment their home.
The series stars Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who works as a foreman on the railroad as he tries to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife.
His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.
The series documents the railroad's engineering and construction as well as institutionalised greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction.
Hell on Wheels chronicles this potent turning point in America's history and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.
In addition to Mount, Hell on Wheels stars musician-actor Common as Elam, Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell, Colm Meaney as Durant, Ben Esler as Sean, Phil Burke as Mickey, and Eddie Spears as Joseph.
||SundanceTV (DStv 108)
||23 October 2017