What is the truth behind the iconic figures of the Wild West – and what is pure myth?

Watch The Wild West on BBC Select

Heroes, villains and a healthy dose of the pioneer spirit.

Westerns still have an endearing quality that captivates audiences. But is there any truth behind these myths?

Blending fast-paced drama with the latest archaeological, forensic and ballistic research, this American history documentary series brings the Wild West to life, with revelations about iconic figures such as Custer, Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid.

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