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What was on Friday 12th December

Gunslingers

Quest - 9pm

Who's in it?

The legend of Wyatt Earp and the OK Corral was retold in this cinematic docudrama which even featured contributions from Kurt Russell, who played Earp on the big screen.

In a nutshell

For something that was over in about six seconds, the gunfight at the OK Corral has certainly forged quite a place for itself in American history. It's the definitive skirmish of the Wild West – a bloody face-off between bitter enemies, which has been depicted on film again and again. So how did this latest take on the subject compare? Not too bad actually, although if you've seen the movie Tombstone, with Val Kilmer's beautifully laconic and drawling take on Doc Holliday, you'd probably have been hankering for another viewing before this documentary was done.

Still, we did get a touch of Tombstone courtesy of Kurt Russell, that movie's Wyatt Earp. And the dramatic sequences here were suitably cinematic, with the harsh glint of the Western sun giving a nicely ominous edge to proceedings as we learnt the history behind the Corral confrontation, and how Wyatt Earp went on a "ride of revenge" after his brother was later killed. It's a story that wouldn't have surprised anyone familiar with this oft-told tale, but pretty thrilling nevertheless.

What's the verdict?

Big moustaches, big egos and big guns: that's what this new series is all about, and we can look forward to re-tellings of other iconic figures, including Wild Bill Hickock and Billy the Kid. Yeehaw, and so forth.

Star rating: 3/5

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