Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Copper – BBC America's first original drama launches this summer



August will see the launch of BBC America's first original drama, a 10-part period crime drama called Copper.

Set in 1860s New York, it immediately brings to mind Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York as it too features the city's infamous Five Points neighbourhood. Here, though, the story follows Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, who starred in the Beeb's Spooks, or MI-5 as it's called Stateside). He's described as an 'intense, rugged Irish-American cop' who is struggling to maintain his moral compass while trying to discover the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter.

Corcoran teams up with two Civil War compatriots – the son of an industrialist, who secretly helps the copper with his detective work, and an African-American physician. The trio is inextricably linked by their battlefield experiences.

BBC America is best known as the US outlet for various UK shows, such as Luther, Whitechapel, Inside Men and Top Gear. So this 19th-century drama is a bold move that looks pretty enticing, particularly with Barry Levinson as exec producer. The series has been created by Emmy-winner Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Streets, St Elsewhere).

It will go out in the US on BBC America on Sunday, 19 August, at 9pm (ET/PT). UK viewers will have to wait for a BBC show for once.

The rest of the cast: Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy) as Eva Heissen, a shrewd businesswoman and the madam of Eva’s Paradise; Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as Robert Morehouse, a handsome bon vivant and part of Manhattan aristocracy; Anastasia Griffith (Royal Pains, Damages) as the spirited Elizabeth Haverford; Ato Essandoh (Damages) as Doctor Matthew Freeman, who secretly assists Corcoran with his work; Kevin Ryan (Tripping Tommy) as Detective Francis Maguire, Corcoran’s closet friend and partner in the 6th Precinct; Dylan Taylor (Covert Affairs) as Andrew O’Brien, colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire; Ron White (The Line) as Captain Ciaran Joseph Sullivan, who is more often concerned about his reputation than seeking justice for victims; Kiara Glasco (Angel Duty) as Annie Reilly, a young runaway; Tessa Thompson (Heroes) as Sara Freeman, the fearful wife of Dr Freeman; and David W. Keeley (Rookie Blue) as Sergeant Padraic Byrnes, a corrupt cop.

Pic: BBC America