Black Gold

The BOX – Sundays from 27 June, 8.30pm

The pressure is building…

From the successful creator of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers comes a series that chronicles three oil drilling rigs competing to hit the jackpot.

We follow three rigs – Longhorn, Viking, and Big Dog – that have only 50 days to successfully locate and retrieve the crude oil. The roughnecks, as they are called on the rig, endure exhausting and dangerous work demands. Oil rigs Longhorn and Viking are funded by wildcatter Mike Lamonica while the Big Dog is funded by wildcatter Autry Stevens, both of whom have put up millions of dollars in hopes of finding new deposits of oil. With the economy continuing to struggle, the stakes are higher than ever for roughnecks working the oil rigs in Texas. These guys can’t afford to make any mistakes that might cost them their jobs or, even more importantly, their lives. Competing oil crews put everything they have into erecting their rigs and successfully drilling crude before the other crews can.