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Discovery's biggest show returns with fresh challenges, new locations and added drama as the crews fight to be the most successful gold miners in North America

The battle of the gold miners is back on Discovery!

It's season seven of the hit real-life gold rush series in which young, shaggy Richard Gere lookalike Parker Schnabel takes on all-comers to become the most successful gold miner in North America.

He's up against old foes Todd and Tony who use ever more technical means to get to the gold and are prepared to venture as far as they need to go to triumph. In fact, while Parker stays in the Yukon, Todd risks it all to return to his home town in Oregon. Will he live to regret his move?

There's an added dimension to Parker's challenge: he's mourning the loss of his mentor Grandpa John. Can he overcome his grief to stay focused on the prize – remaining the boy wonder of the gold mining industry?

Drama, ever growing ambitions, new claims and beautiful scenery, this series of Gold Rush promises to be the best yet.

Watch a recap of previous series of Gold Rush and a teaser for season seven:


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.