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Copper (TV series)

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Genre Period drama
Created by Tom Fontana
Will Rokos
Starring Tom Weston-Jones
Kyle Schmid
Anastasia Griffith
Franka Potente
Ato Essandoh
Composer(s) Brian Keane
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Barry Levinson
Tom Fontana
Producer(s) Bran Van Arragon
Glen Salzman
Editor(s) David B. Thompson
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario[1]
Cinematography Steven Cosens
Paul Sarossy
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Cineflix Studios
Shaw Media
Original channel BBC America
Original run August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19) – September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)
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Copper is a drama television series created by Tom Fontana and Will Rokos for BBC America. It is set in 1860s New York City during the American Civil War and stars Tom Weston-Jones as an Irish immigrant policeman, or "copper", who patrols the Five Points neighborhood. Other cast members include Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, and Franka Potente.

The series is BBC America's first original scripted program after previously only airing co-productions and shows from the United Kingdom. Fontana, Rokos, Barry Levinson, and Christina Wayne are executive producers of the series.

The first season of 10 episodes premiered on August 19, 2012. The series was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on June 23, 2013.[2]

On September 19, 2013, Copper's cancellation was announced, three days before its second season finale aired.[3]


The series centers on Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant police detective trying to keep the peace in the historical Five Points neighborhood in 1860s New York City while searching for information on the disappearance of his wife and death of his daughter. It explores the effects of the American Civil War as well as the social stratification involving New York's aristocracy and African American population.[4]

Cast and characters

  • Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin "Corky" Corcoran, a rugged Irish immigrant cop in New York City
  • Kyle Schmid as Robert Morehouse, the son of a wealthy Fifth Avenue industrialist, formerly Corcoran and Freeman's major in the Union Army
  • Ato Essandoh as Matthew Freeman, an African-American physician who serves as an informal pathologist for Corcoran
  • Anastasia Griffith as Elizabeth Haverford, the English wife of a wealthy Fifth Avenue friend of Morehouse
  • Franka Potente as Eva Heissen, a shrewd Prussian businesswoman and the madam of a brothel
  • Kevin Ryan as Francis Maguire, a fellow Irish cop working alongside Corcoran
  • Dylan Taylor as Andrew O’Brien, a detective who works with Corcoran and Maguire
  • Kiara Glasco as Annie Reilly, a young orphan prostitute
  • Tessa Thompson as Sara Freeman, Matthew's wife, whose brothers were lynched by a group of Irishmen
  • Alex Paxton-Beesley as Ellen Corcoran, Corky's wife, who went missing while he served in the Union army
  • Ron White as Ciaran Joseph Sullivan, the captain of the sixth precinct and Corcoran's boss
  • Donal Logue as Brendan Donovan, a Civil War Brigadier General and boss of the Sixth Ward
  • Alfre Woodard as Hattie Lemaster, Sara's mother


BBC America announced the series during the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour on July 28, 2011.[5] General manager Perry Simon said the series is a "great fit" for the network as it "[captures] the early American multicultural experience in provocative, ground-breaking fashion".[6] Series creators Tom Fontana and Will Rokos are joined as executive producers by Barry Levinson and Cineflix Studios president Christina Wayne.[7] Additional members of the production team include Steven Cosens as director of photography, Delphine White as costume designer, and John Blackie as production designer.[8]

In January 2012, the main cast of the series—comprising Weston-Jones, Schmid, Griffith, and Potente—was unveiled.[8] The actors hail from a variety of backgrounds: Weston-Jones and Griffith are British; Potente is German; and Schmid is Canadian.[9] Irish actor Kevin Ryan and American actress Tessa Thompson also joined as series regulars.[10][11]

Filming began in January 2012 in Toronto.[10][12]

After naming it their "highest-rated drama series ever", BBC America ordered a second season of 13 episodes which began airing in June 2013.[13]


Copper premiered on August 19, 2012, on BBC America in the United States[14] and in Canada on August 26, 2012, on Showcase.[15] It is also broadcast in Australia on FX Australia and on HBO in the Netherlands.[16][17] On September 19, 2013, BBC America announced that Copper would end its run after the Season 2 finale, stating that the series had reached “a fitting moment to conclude”.[18]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1
1 10 August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19) October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21) October 30, 2012
2 13 June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22) January 7, 2014


Copper: Original Soundtrack with music composed by Brian Keane was released worldwide on CD and in digital formats by Valley Entertainment on May 28, 2013.[19]

See also


  1. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 14, 2012). "Variety Reviews - Copper".  
  2. ^ Kondology, Amanda (March 29, 2013). "BBC America's Hit Original Series 'Copper' to Return June 23".  
  3. ^ Marechal, AJ (September 19, 2013). Copper' Cancelled by BBC America"'".  
  4. ^ "'"Coming Soon to BBC America — 'Copper (Press release).  
  5. ^ O'Connell, Mikey (2011-07-28). "BBC America announces 'Copper,' first original scripted series".  
  6. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2011-07-28). "'"BBC America breaks into original programming with 'Copper.  
  7. ^ Press, Joy (2012-01-04). "'"BBC America gives details about its first original drama, 'Copper.  
  8. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (2012-01-04). "BBC America Original 'Copper' Lines Up Franka Potente, Tom Weston-Jones as Leads".  
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (2012-01-04). "BBC America's 'Copper' casts Franka Potente, 'OUAT's' Anastasia Griffith".  
  10. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (2012-01-08). "'"Irish Actor Kevin Ryan Joins Cast of BBC America's 'Copper.  
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-01-04). "Tom Weston-Jones Lands Lead In ‘Copper’, Franka Potente & Tessa Thompson Co-Star".  
  12. ^ Finke, Nikki (2012-01-26). "UTA Signs Barry Levinson From ICM".  
  13. ^ O'Connell, Mitchell (2012-10-18). "BBC America Renews 'Copper' for Second Season".  
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (2012-03-30). "First look at BBC America's 'Copper,' plus premiere date".  
  15. ^ Shaw Media (2012). Copper on Showcase. Retrieved from
  16. ^ "Copper". Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  17. ^ "Copper". Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  18. ^ Copper' Canceled by BBC America"'". TheWrap. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  19. ^ "Copper: Original Soundtrack". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 

External links

  • /copper.combbcamerica, the program's official website
  • Copper at the Internet Movie Database
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  • Copper (TV series) at
  • Copper at TV Guide
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