Extended First Look Of BBC America’s ‘Copper’


BBC America has released an extended trailer for their first original scripted series Copper ahead of its Aug. 19 premiere date. Copper has quite the pedigree backing it up with film and television veterans Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and Will Rokos at the wheel. The series is set in the year 1864 and centers on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) a cop who is accused in the trailer of thinking of himself as “the last honorable man in New York.”

Corcoran will serve as the moral center of a world plagued by corruption. Expect him to split his time between fighting for the immigrants that populate the Five Points neighborhood and working to stop the dirty dealings of the New York City’s elite Fifth Avenue crowd. He won’t be at it alone though; Corcoran will have back-up in the form of his partner Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) and his old Civil War buddy, Dr. Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh).

The sleek trailer makes it clear that BBC America means business with Copper. At first glance it’s reminiscent of both Deadwood and Hell on Wheels, but that’s not bad company to keep. The trailer paints Corcoran as the honorable cowboy type that’s so in vogue and in the clips it appears that Weston-Jones ably plays both the honorable and darker sides of Corcoran.

The trailer is filled with moments that are gritty and cool. Little touches like Corcoran’s fondness for brass knuckles and Dr. Freeman’s demonstrations of old school CSI techniques set Copper apart from other Reconstruction Era series and typical crime dramas. There’s also one scene that involves a young girl that’s downright chilling, but it illustrates just how deep into the seedy underbelly of historic New York City the series is willing to go.

As BBC America’s first original drama there’s a lot of pressure on Copper to be a success. If all goes well, it could position BBC America to compete with the likes of AMC and HBO. We’ll have to wait and see how the 10 episode first season plays out, but the trailer is certainly intriguing. Watch it for yourself below and then let us know in the comments if you’ll be watching the premiere this Sunday.

Copper premieres Aug. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.