Before Harley-Davidson became the big motorbike marque it is today, its founders had to start small in 1903 by building the first bikes in a family backyard. The American motorcycle company's humble beginnings and the challenges that Bill Harley, Walter and Arthur Davidson hurled, are told in the three-part miniseries Harley and the Davidsons.
To be aired on October 2, 2016, at 8:10pm on Discovery Channel, it is a "compelling and honest storytelling…about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed, and going against the conventional wisdom of that time," according to Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel group president Rich Ross.
Playing the role of Arthur Davidson is Bug Hall, who was part of the 1994 film The Little Rascals as Alfalfa. Robert Aramayo is cast as co-founder William Harley. Michiel Huisman, who is known for portraying Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, portrays co-founder and daredevil motorbike racer Walter Davidson.
"Even though I was able to do quite a bit of riding because I am a motorcycle rider myself, I had to rely very heavily on an amazing stunt double and a crazy stunt team," Huisman revealed. "Because the stuff that we're doing in our show with these bikes, it's not CGI; it's all real. And it's so fast and dangerous, and I would never be able to do that because that just takes so much guts and so much skill."
If you dig motorcycle culture and the storied period of the brand, Harley and the Davidsons should be an interesting show.
"The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle," said Ross in a press statement. "They created modern entrepreneurism."