Jade Fever

Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. PT

Synopsis

With the demand for jade sky-rocketing in China, Claudia and Robin Bunce are in for a crazy summer. They’re the unofficial mayors of the tiny hamlet of Jade City, BC. Along with partner Alan Qiao, the three own several jade claims in the area. This year, they’ve teamed with billionaire investors from Beijing to find the jade. But it’s never that simple. The most promising claim is in the high alpine of Wolverine Mountain. Just getting equipment there means a 120km overland trek over a dirt trail, through rivers, around rocks, over mud. Then it’s scraping the ground and digging up boulders—and hoping that one is a jade boulder worth millions. Over at their Dynasty mine site, they’ve started drilling, hoping to find solid green cores of jade. But no one can agree where to drill. As the season wears on, everyone is stressed out and the investors are breathing down their throats—only four months to find that million-dollar boulder. It’s shaping up to be a tumultuous season.

Season 1 Episode 1
Season 1 Episode 1
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Season 1 - Episode 1

Jade Fever

When Claudia and Robin’s test drilling for jade comes up empty, even the company geologists can’t agree on a plan. As the drilling budget runs dry, the partners risk losing their financial backers and the whole season. But Robin has a hunch. Meanwhile, Alan arrives in Jade City and settles into his cabin.

Season 1 Episode 2
Season 1 Episode 2
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Season 1 - Episode 2

Got a Rope

With spring snows melting, Claudia and Robin have to rush to get heavy equipment ready for a long, overland trek to a remote jade claim on Wolverine Mountain. Robin gets upsold by a local junk dealer who also offers to haul a vital bulldozer to the trailhead. But how much can they trust Scrappy Larry? When Larry’s army-issue trailer bends under the weight, everyone is left waiting along the roadside.

Cast Info

Claudia Bunce
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Claudia Bunce

Born in Pforzheim, Germany, Claudia’s family moved to British Columbia when she was very young. In the 1970s, Claudia’s father Steve became a jade miner. He built the area now known as Jade City in 1985. It was in her childhood when Claudia fell in love with jade. As an adult, Claudia returned to Jade City, eventually building the Cassiar Mountain Jade Store and helping set up Dease Lake Jade Mining. Now, with the help of the 35 townspeople in the area, Claudia and her husband Robin are trying to realize their dream: to establish Jade City as the jade capital of Canada. A mother and the unofficial town mayor, Claudia keeps everything running smoothly and is never afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Beneath her tough exterior, though, is a woman who lover her family first and jade second.

 

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CLAUDIA: She is a hoarder of all things, loves to read and collects children’s books and cookbooks.

Robin Bunce
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Robin Bunce

“I sure hope my wife knows what she’s doing.”
Robin was born in Prince George and it was there that he met Claudia while she was working on
his sister’s food truck. The two fell in love, got married and had three sons named Shaun, Justin and Joshua. Robin may not always wear the pants in the family, but as the mine manager, he keeps the mine operations on track—working tirelessly to find the million-dollar boulder that could change his family’s luck. Robin has a love for anything automotive and the talent to fix and refurbish anything with an engine and four wheels.

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ROBIN: He loves energy drinks and is known to have
Rockets (the candy) on hand at all times.

Joshua Bunce
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Joshua Bunce

“How many high school dropouts are making the kind of money I am…other than my mom and dad”
Joshua is Claudia and Robin’s youngest son and loves to run his mouth as much as he loves to run
his pick up. Josh learned most of what he knows from his mom and dad, and spent his youth in Jade
City—a playground for fishing, snowmobiling and mining. Joshua lived and worked in Smithers before
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moving back home to run heavy machinery for his parent’s company. His passion for jade runs deep,
but his temper could prevent him from taking over the family business—something he hopes to do
one day.
SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT JOSHUA: Joshua loves trucks, his dog Cooper and
tattoos. He’s as tough as nails but runs the other way when he sees a spider.

Alan Qiao
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Alan Qiao

“If we deliver, we can push Canadian jade to the top of the Chinese market. If we find nothing, I may
have to walk away from the table.”
Alan has lived in Canada for 15 years and loves the tranquility of the BC wilderness. A partner in
Claudia’s jade mining business, Alan’s Chinese heritage makes him the go-between for the Bunces
and their foreign investors. While he may not be able to run heavy machinery in Wolverine, he does
keep a watchful eye on the business and even makes a decent camp meal. When Alan is not hunting
for jade, you might find him fishing at his lake-front cabin outside of Jade City.
SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ALAN: Alan loves a good French wine and he had a
career in hotel management before entering the mining business.

Guy Martial
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Guy Martial

“Nothing but class – and it’s all low”

Claudia and Robin have know Guy since they moved to Cassiar in 1987. Back then, the French Canadianhad a terrible temper. In fact, he ended up leaving Quebec after being banned from junior hockey for life—that’s what you get for punching out a referee and breaking his nose during a game. Now, older and a bit mellower, Guy operates the big equipment at the site during the day. At night, he always has a lukewarm Budweiser in hand. He says if you can stomach a lukewarm beer, you will never have to turn one down—and that is a perfect example of being Jade City resourceful.

Scrappy Larry
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Scrappy Larry

“It’s an environmental disaster up here…what difference does it make if I add to it?!”
Scrappy Larry is an environmentalist’s worst nightmare—thank god there are none in Jade City!
Larry’s scrapyard is full of broken-down gear, discarded cars and wild horses—and everything is
for sale for the right price! As “Old Scrappy” constantly brings in new “treasure,” he is determined to
unload more of it on his best customer, Robin. But he’ll have to do it despite being a major pain-inthe-
ass to Claudia.

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