Billy The Kid Review

Billy The Kid Review

Next week, Stan releases the new exclusive drama Billy The Kid.

An epic romantic adventure based on the life of William H. Bonney – better known as Billy The Kid – the series follows his story from humble Irish beginnings to his early days as a cowboy and gunslinger.

When Billy The Kid begins, the year is 1877 and we meet Billy (Tom Blyth) as he enters a pub to talk to Joe Grant (Teech Grant), but just how did he end up in this position?

Flashing back to 1871, we meet Billy McCarty (Jonah Colier), a 12-year-old boy living in New York with his younger brother Joe (Leif Nystro) and his parents Patrick (Joe Batey) and Kathleen (Eileen O’Higgins). As immigrants, they are struggling to survive and find suitable employment and so are advised to go west, to a land of new opportunities, to Coffeyville, Kansas. But what happens when the dream doesn’t match reality and disaster strikes?

Throughout subsequent episodes, we follow Billy as he grows and faces adversaries in the charming Antrim (Jamie Beamish). His teenage years sees him cross paths with Jessie Evans (Daniel Webber), who already embraces in a life of crime – robbing stores and cattle rustling.

Writer Michael Hirst offers a very different take on one of history’s most well-known faces with a story that is compelling and humanising.

Jonah Colier sparkles as a young Billy in the opening episodes as the character faces some tough realities. Tom Blyth is also insanely compelling and charismatic as the series unfolds.

This production of Billy The Kid explains how his upbringing shaped the type of cowboy he was and it would be a crime to miss out.

4 Stars

Billy The Kid Premieres Monday on Stan with new episodes weekly.