BBC America Announces First Original Drama Series

by | July 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM | Fall TV Preview 2011, TV News

Film Director Barry Levinson (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Film Director Barry Levinson (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

BBC America announced Thursday plans for its first original drama series called “Copper,” which is co-created by Tom Fontana (“Oz”) and Will Rokos (“Monster’s Ball,” “Southland”). They will also serve as executive producers, along with Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and Christina Waye (“Broken Trail,” “Mad Men”).

The 10-episode series begins production this fall in Toronto and will premiere in summer 2012.

Here’s the premise:

“Copper” is set in the Five Points Irish neighborhood of New York City in the 1860’s and focuses on a rugged young Irish cop who must navigate the unruly (and violent) currents of his immigrant neighborhood, while simultaneously interacting with uptown Manhattan high society and the emerging black community in Harlem.

“Copper is a great fit for BBC America, capturing the early American multicultural experience in provocative, ground-breaking fashion,” said Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC America. “In the spirit of great BBC drama it’s brimming with fascinating and complex characters giving us the opportunity to cast the best actors from both sides of the Atlantic.”


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