We mentioned when it was first announced that BBC America would be diving headlong into the police drama fray with its first original series ever, Copper. Now that the final casting is set, and the release date (summer), I’ve already begun to salivate. Especially given the intriguing description of the series over at the BBCA site:
Most of Copper’s action will take place in the teeming Irish immigrant neighborhood of Five Points, but the series will also frequent the Upper East Side/Fifth Avenue mansions of the aristocracy and the emerging neighborhood of Harlem founded by New York’s burgeoning African-American population. True to any great cop show, Copper will feature well-crafted, close-ended police investigation mysteries with twists, turns and surprises. Set in the 1860s, plot lines relating to the Civil War permeate the series while it also exploring themes of power, politics and race in a country and community wrestling with rapid social change.
Kevin Corcoran played by Tom Weston-Jones (MI-5 / Spooks) is a rugged and confident Irish cop who patrols the streets of Five Points and tries to follow his moral compass despite the blunt realities facing his turbulent community. Each week, we join him on his emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth behind the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. Sharing a unique friendship with two men from two different walks of life who fought with him in the Civil War, Corcoran must navigate the contrasting worlds of Fifth Avenue and Harlem. Corcoran’s compatriot and friend Morehouse, played by Canadian Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties), is the son of a wealthy New York industrialist residing on Fifth Avenue; Freeman, another veteran, is an African American physician/forensics expert who lives in Harlem and is not afraid to question white authority. We soon learn that the three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that will link their lives forever.
Since I love the look and feel of most of what the BBC produces, I can’t wait to see how BBCA does with this series. Plus…19th C. New York? What could be bad about that? We need more historical crime on television!