Relic Hunter (1999–2002)
|Genre||Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi|
|Content Rating||TV-14 (TV-14)|
|Company||Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), Fireworks Entertainment, Tandem Communications|
|Country||France, Germany, Canada, USA|
Relic Hunter is a Canadian television series, starring Tia Carrere and Christien Anholt.
It centers on Sydney Fox, a professor who is also a globe-trotting "relic hunter" who looks for ancient artifacts to return to museums and/or the descendants of the original owner. She is aided by her linguistic assistant Nigel and occasionally by her somewhat air-headed secretary Claudia. She often ends up battling rival hunters seeking out artifacts for monetary gain. The series includes fantasy and science fiction elements, with many of the relics featured having supposed supernatural powers or being pieces of unusually advanced technology.
It ran for three seasons in the U.S. between 1999 and 2002, fulfilling its initial three-season, 66-episode contract, which was not renewed. In both Ireland and the United Kingdom, it aired on Sky1 and subsidiary channels, while in Canada, it aired on CityTV and Space, CTV's sister network A-Channel and Showcase. The series was shot in the Toronto area, and includes many familiar local landmarks among its locations. As of June 2018, the series airs on the Heroes and Icons cable network.
Relic Hunter follows the globe-trotting adventures of unorthodox American archaeologist Sydney Fox (Tia Carrere), and her more reserved British assistant Nigel Bailey (Christien Anholt). They are assisted at their "home base", a generic American university identified only as Trinity College, by ditzy student secretary Claudia (Lindy Booth), the spoiled and fashion-conscious daughter of one of the college's major donors. The character of Claudia was replaced in the third season by Karen Petrushky (Tanja Reichert), who is more talented than Claudia at dealing with predicaments of a bureaucratic nature.
At the beginning of each episode, there is a short flashback in which a relic or artifact is used or abused in its original time before being lost, stolen or hidden. The show cuts to Trinity College in the present day, where Sydney and Nigel are asked to find the relic by some person or agency such as a museum, private collector (in disguise) or government. Most episodes feature the duo traveling around the globe, hunting for clues in order to find the artifact. Complications abound, often with rival relic hunters getting involved, generally giving Sydney a chance to show off her martial arts prowess. It is then up to Sydney and Nigel to seize the relic and ensure it ends up in the proper hands (such as the rightful owners or a suitable museum). Each episode ends with a scene at Trinity College explaining what has happened to the relic.
Cast and characters
Relic Hunter featured four starring roles throughout its run. The two protagonists of the series, Sydney Fox and Nigel Bailey are the only characters to appear in all 66 episodes of the series.
- Tia Carrere as Sydney Fox (Seasons 1–3): The main protagonist and titular relic hunter of the series, Sydney works closely with Nigel Bailey whom she meets in the first episode and is proficient in both hand-to-hand (seen in most episodes) and weapons (seen in particular in episode thirty, "Roman Holiday") combat. She has many contacts all over the world, in the archaeological fields and otherwise and is very protective of both her assistants as well as her students and colleagues. She is willing to fly to any country without notice to fetch back, "save" or avenge them. She is officially Professor of Ancient Studies, and on the rare occasions she actually teaches, has been seen lecturing on anthropology, archaeology, and history.
- Christien Anholt as Nigel Bailey (Seasons 1–3): Sydney's more reserved British teaching assistant and companion who accompanies her on her travels whilst searching for the relics. Nigel often finds himself in situations that are uncomfortable and needs Sydney's help to get out of them. This evens out as the series progresses though. He is secretly in love with Sydney.
- Lindy Booth as Claudia (Seasons 1–2): Sydney's office assistant who often helps out Sydney and Nigel from the campus back home whilst they are abroad. She sometimes plays a vital role in finding the relic and shares witty banter with Nigel. In spite of her general incompetence, she possesses a savant-like ability for organizing unorthodox and creative solutions to travel difficulties that Sydney and Nigel face, in one case arranging for them to sneak over the Angolan border disguised as Catholic missionaries. Claudia occasionally joined Sydney and Nigel in the field, most notably during their quests for Ariadne's ball of twine and Cleopatra's necklace.
- Tanja Reichert as Karen Petrushky (Season 3): Claudia's replacement for the final season. She was portrayed as far more competent than Claudia at her actual job, though she had more of a habit of getting kidnapped.
There were also a number of recurring characters in the series:
- Tony Rosato as Stewie Harper (Episodes 1, 8, 21): Relic hunter who has a love-hate relationship with Sydney.
- Thomas Kretschmann as Kurt Reiner (Episodes 6, 12): An ex-partner of Sydney turned rival.
- Louis Mandylor as Derek Lloyd (Episodes 7, 26, 46): A CIA agent who requires Sydney's help on several occasions.
- Lori Gordon as Lynette (Episodes 8, 10): Claudia's replacement while she's away.
- Nancy Anne Sakovich as Cate Hemphill (Episodes 25, 34, 53; mentioned in 47, 54, 59, 66): An Interpol agent and occasional romantic interest of Nigel.
- Crispin Bonham-Carter as Preston Bailey (Episodes 42, 65): Nigel's brother and worst enemy.
- Simon MacCorkindale as Fabrice De Viega (Episodes 47, 58, 66): Sydney's sworn enemy who killed her mentor Alistair Newel when she was ten.
List of episodes
|№||Title||Relic||Flashback||Flashback location||Other locations|
|1||“Buddha’s Bowl”||Buddha’s alms bowl||523 BC||Nepal||Hong Kong|
|2||“Smoking Gun”||Al Capone’s diamond-encrusted gun||1930||Chicago||United States|
|3||“The Headless Nun”||Remains of Sister Evangeline||17th C.||Nova Scotia||Canada|
|4||“Flag Day”||Pioneer’s Bear Flag of California||1846||California||United States|
|5||“Thank You Very Much”||Lost guitar of Elvis Presley||1960||Germany||Germany|
|6||“Diamond in the Rough”||Magical Glove of former baseball great Jimmy Jonesboro||1946||Fenway Park, Boston||United States|
|7||“Transformation”||Paracelsus scrolls||1946||Salzburg, Austria||Peru|
|8||“Etched in Stone”||Treasure of legendary Viking Jann the Bold||935||Northumbrian Coast||Sweden|
|9||“The Book of Love”||Casanova’s Book of Love||1749||Casanova’s Hideaway, Italy||Italy|
|10||“The Myth of the Maze”||Minotaur’s Maze||3000 BC||Athens||Greece|
|11||“Irish Crown Affair”||Lost crown of the last King of Ireland||1000||Ireland||Dublin|
|12||“The Emperor’s Bride”||Coffin of the bride of a Chinese Emperor||1000 BC||Huang River, China||Alaska|
|13||“Afterlife and Death”||Diamond of Thutmose III||1425 BC||Egypt||Amsterdam|
|14||“Nine Lives”||Statue of the cat goddess Mafdet||1895||Egypt||New York|
|15||“Affaire de Coeur”||Rings that belonged to lovers, Callum and Elena||1430||Scotland||Scotland|
|16||“A Vanishing Art”||Scepter of the Kingdom of Hungary||1897||Budapest||Atlantic City|
|17||“A Good Year”||Crown jewels of France||1792||Paris||France|
|18||“The Last Knight”||Templar Grand Master’s sword of Jacques de Molay||1300||Paris, circa||France|
|19||“Love Letter”||Records proving a secret marriage on the eve of the French Revolution||1789||Village South of Paris||France|
|20||“Possessed”||Zeus’ sacred sundial||14th C.||Libya||Brussels|
|21||“Nothing but the Truth”||Ruby Chalice of Truth||1534||The Barbary Coast||Paris|
|22||“Memories of Montmartre”||A tiara known as the Heart of Europe||1930s||Moulin Rouge||France|
|23||“The Put Back”||Idol from the Temple of Woot||100||Kuba, Africa||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|24||“Dagger of Death”||Dagger of Kali||500||Temple of Kali, India||Calcutta and Kashmir|
|25||“Last of the Mochicas”||Vessel believed to contain the Great Warrior Spirit of the Mochicas||662||South America||Peruvian jungle|
|26||“The Legend of the Lost”||The Kai Nomata (lost tribe)||4800 BC||Vanuatu Islands||New Guinea|
|27||“Fertile Ground”||Idol of Lono||1779||Hawaii||Madagascar|
|28||“Gypsy Jigsaw”||Crown of the Romani people||1830||Romania||Bucharest, Romania|
|29||“Three Rivers to Cross”||Jade Empress||1245||Three Rivers, China||Hong Kong and Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan, China|
|30||“Roman Holiday”||Caesar’s breastplate||44 BC||Rome||Italy|
|31||“Cross of Voodoo”||Haitian Cross of Utu||late 18th C.||Haiti||New Orleans|
|32||“Lost Contact”||Sacrificial bowl||1824||Burma||Myanmar|
|33||“The Reel Thing”||Relics of Egyptian Pharaoh Amun II||1516 BC||Egypt||England|
|34||“M.I.A.”||Faberge egg||1886||St. Petersburg, Russia||New York City, several clips from other episodes|
|35||“Out of the Past”||Cleopatra’s necklace||30 BC||Egypt||Alexandria, Egypt|
|36||“Eyes of Toklamanee”||Eyes of Toklamanee||1605||Mississippi Valley||St Louis|
|37||“Run Sydney Run”||Sword of Ateas||339 BC||Ural Steppes||Russia|
|38||“French Connection”||Prophecy of Nostradamus||1600||Church Of Cordiers Salon||France|
|39||“Don’t Go Into the Woods”||Golden Falcon of Maribor||1711||Carpathian Mountains||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|40||“Midnight Flight”||Ruby-encrusted scepter of Gunther the Brave||400||Germania Circa||Luxembourg and Paris|
|41||“The Executioner’s Mask”||Executioner’s Mask||1789||Bourg, France||Paris|
|42||“The Royal Ring”||Ring of Anne Boleyn||1536||Tower of London||London, Leeds Castle in Kent, England|
|43||“Set in Stone”||Magical sword of St. Gabriel||1595||Balaton, Hungary|
|44||“Deadline”||First Christian Tau cross||1099||Jerusalem||Paris|
|45||“Wages of Sydney”||Chinese dragon’s egg||1359||Quan Shu Fortress, Manchuria||New York, USA and Quan Shu, China|
|46||“Mr. Right”||Bowl of Parvati||1459||Bali, Indonesia||Singapore|
|47||“Sydney at Ten”||Egyptian necklace||1981||St. Beatrice’s School||Turkey|
|48||“The Light of Truth”||Light of Truth||843||Arabia||Morocco|
|49||“Treasure Island”||The treasure of Treasure Island||1790||The Spanish Main||South Seas|
|50||“Star of Nadir”||Star of Nadir||1423||Palace of the Talibs, Endostan|
|51||“Vampire’s Kiss”||Vampire Chalice||1720||Czechoslovakia||Prague, Czech Republic and Târgovişte, Romania|
|52||“Devil Doll”||Cursed Aztec Devil Doll||1488||Meso-America||Central America|
|53||“Incognito”||Lancet which causes anyone cut with it to gain incredible strength||1522||New Guinea||Papua New Guinea, Lisbon, Portugal and Valletta, Malta|
|54||“All Choked Up”||Statue of Athena||800 BC||Greece||Skyros Island, Greece|
|55||“Warlock of Nu Theta Phi”||Wicca amulet||1692||New England Colonies|
|56||“Women Want to Know”||Statue of Ganesha||1075||Southeast Asia|
|57||“Fire in the Sky”||Extraterrestrial artifact||1398||Pacific Northwest|
|58||“Hunting with the Enemy”||Ashes of Confucius||1952||Cambodia||Rayong Province, Thailand|
|59||“Antianeirai”||Belt of Hippolyte||1200 BC||Asia Minor||Istanbul, Turkey|
|60||“Under the Ice”||Anasazi mummy||1355||Arctic Circle|
|61||“Arthur’s Cross”||Cross of King Arthur||455||England||Chepstow, Wales|
|62||“Faux Fox”||Crown jewels of Charles IV of Spain||1808||Royal Palace, Madrid||Seville, Spain|
|63||“Pandora’s Box”||Pandora's box||422||An-Najaf, Persia|
|64||“The Warlord”||Kahina’s Saddle||1401||Bekkastan|
|65||“Fountain of Youth”||Water from the Fountain of Youth||1521||Pascus Florida, West Indies||Seville, Spain and Cotswolds, England|
|66||“So Shall it Be”||Keys to Stonehenge||121||Stonehenge, England||Bristol, England|
The "Trinity College" campus scenes were filmed at the St. George campus at the University of Toronto in Canada. Campus landmarks prominently featured throughout the series include Victoria College and the Soldier's Tower (directly adjacent to Hart House).
The "Antianeirai" episode ship scenes were filmed aboard HMCS Haida, the last Tribal Class destroyer in the world, when she was berthed at Ontario Place, in Toronto, Canada. For instance, the scene where Sydney finds the belt was filmed in the forward mess deck. All onboard signage was covered with Russian words. Haida has a red maple leaf on one of her funnels and this was covered with a "bird" design. Anything that would show the ship to be of Canadian, or "western" origin, was removed for the film shoot.
All seasons were filmed in widescreen 16:9 but mainly shown in pan and scan 4/3 as are most of Fireworks Entertainment productions from 2000. The widescreen versions of all seasons are available for viewing at Netflix in Nordics as of 2012.
Relic Hunter was broadcast in many countries around the world including:
- Belgium "Relic Hunter" (VTM4)
- Estonia "Aardekütt" (Kanal 11)
- Slovenia "Lov za zakladom" (Kanal A)
- Georgia "რელიქვიების მაძიებელი" (GPB)
- Spain "Cazatesoros" (Telecinco)
- Galicia, Spain "Cazatesouros" (TVG)
- Brazil "Caçadora de Reliquias" (Rede Bandeirantes), (Rede Record), (Rede Mulher)
- Germany "Relic Hunter – Die Schatzjägerin" (Pro7, AXN, Kabel Eins)
- Greece "Sydney Fox Adventures" (Star Channel, Alter Channel)
- Cyprus "Sydney Fox Adventures" (Sigma TV)
- Austria "Relic Hunter – Die Schatzjägerin" (ATV+)
- Italy "Relic Hunter" (Italia 1) (Paramount Channel (international))
- Sri Lanka "Relic Hunter" (ITN)
- France "Sydney Fox, l'aventurière" (M6, W9)
- Slovakia "Lovkyňa Tajomstiev" (Markíza, Joj)
- Hungary "Az elveszett ereklyék fosztogatói" (means: The Raiders Of The Lost Relics) (TV2 and now AXN)
- Latin America "Relic Hunter" (AXN)
- Sweden "Kultjägarna" (Kanal 5)
- Denmark "Relic Hunter" (Kanal 5)
- Finland "Aarteenmetsästäjä" (Nelonen, TV5/The Voice)
- India "Relic Hunter" (AXN)
- Israel "אוצרות מן העבר" (Treasures From the Past)(AXN and now HOT Zone)
- Czech Republic "Lovci pokladů" (Nova, Prima, AXN)
- Turkey "Gizem Avcısı" (Tv8 (Turkey), TRT, Olay TV )
- Bulgaria "Търсач на реликви" (AXN), "Ловци на реликви" (TV7 and Super 7) - July 16, 2010 and "Търсачи на реликви" (BNT 1) - June 17, 2019
- Serbia "Ловац на благо" (FOX)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina "Lovac na blago" (FTV)
- Croatia "Pustolovine Sydney Fox" (NOVA)
- Romania "Vanatorii de comori"(AXN, TVR 2)
- Norway "Skattejegerne" (The treasure hunters) (TV Norge)
- Poland "Łowcy skarbów" (The treasure hunters) (TV4)/"Zagadki z przeszłości" (The Mysteries of the Past) (AXN)
- Russia "Охотники за древностями" (CTC)
- South Africa "Relic Hunter" (SABC)
- United Kingdom Sky1, Sky2, Sky3, Pick "Relic Hunter"
- Ukraine "Мисливці за старовиною" (ICTV) / "Мисливці за реликвіями" (; 2+2)
- Portugal "A Caçadora de Reliquias" (Sony Entertainment Television)
- Vietnam "Truy tìm cổ vật" (Finding Treasures) HTV7
- Netherlands "Relic Hunter" Yorin
- New Zealand "Relic Hunter" TV2
- Taiwan "奪寶女英豪" (AXN)
Alliance Home Entertainment has released all three seasons of Relic Hunter on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only).
In Region 4, Warner Home Video released season 1 on DVD in Australia in two volume sets in 2005. Madman Entertainment subsequently acquired the rights and released the second season on DVD in 2006 and the third season in 2010. A complete Season 1 box set was released by Madman on February 2, 2011.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release Dates|
|Region 1 (CAN)||Region 4|
|Season 1||22||April 20, 2010||February 2, 2011|
|Season 2||22||May 18, 2010||June 21, 2006|
|Season 3||22||June 8, 2010||June 2, 2010|