Give a warm 1865-style welcome to Copper Season Two guest star, Alfre Woodard! (Click through for the scoop on Woodard’s character from Anglophenia.)
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From the desk of Robert Morehouse.
— Dylan Taylor (@DylanTaylorEh)
Copper returns to BBC AMERICA June 23.
Tonight, it’s November 25, 1864 - and Detective Corcoran (TOM WESTON-JONES, MI-5) is racing against the clock to keep his life and New York City intact. Joining forces with Robert Morehouse (KYLE SCHMID, Blood Ties), Eva Heissen (FRANKA POTENTE, The Bourne Supremacy, Run Lola Run), and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct, Corcoran prepares for his biggest fight since the Draft Riots.
Don’t miss the thrilling season finale of acclaimed original series COPPER *** Sunday Oct 21 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America.
Many of the most acclaimed television dramas on Sunday nights are historical in subject matter, award-garnering period centerpieces with all the sexuality and bloody mayhem you’ve come to expect from premium cable — all the details left out of your high school textbooks.
But it isn’t enough anymore just to evoke a vaguely historical tableaux. The hottest trend in history TV isn’t gore or nudity. It’s accuracy. Fact-checking has become a buzzword in today’s politics, but it’s become increasingly important in modern drama as well.
Fans of New York City’s rich past have seen three of its most tumultuous decades represented in television series this year. And each show is bringing a different approach to filling out the historical contours of this ever-changing metropolis.
BBC America’s freshman hit Copper ventures into New York of the 1860s, and in particular, the vicious neighborhood of Five Points, a notorious slum known as a cesspool of crime. Its shady parlors and roughhouse dives have previously been explored in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, a fictional adaptation of a New York classic by Herbert Asbury.
It’s a difficult place to get right. The common notions of Five Points are based on early materials that are heavily slanted and sensationalized. Newspapers of the day highlighted its most sinful corners as a way to shock and scandalize readers. As early as 1842, Charles Dickens wrote of the neighborhood: “Debauchery has made the very houses prematurely old.”
Social reformers took a less exploitative view, preferring to focus on the mass poverty and moral decrepitude. By the time Asbury came along with his Gangs of New York, Five Points was the pure embodiment of the bad American neighborhood.
Copper finds a middle ground, approaching Five Points in a fashion similar to a crime procedural and making broader observations by contrasting it with the encrusted society of Fifth Avenue. So far, actual historical figures are mentioned only in passing, but the show is gaining steam the closer it entwines its characters into an actual event — one that occurred in November 1864, a devastating terrorist attack on the city….
Watch COPPER’s Tom Weston-Jones on G4’s Attack of the Show
It’s October 11, 1864 - and Detectives Maguire (Kevin Ryan, Tripping Tommy) and O’Brien (Dylan Taylor, Covert Affairs) uncover a gang’s scheme to rob some of the wealthiest families in New York City.
Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), once informed, must ensure the safety of patrons at an upscale fundraiser without intruding upon hosts Norbert Morehouse and Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith, Royal Pains, Damages). As the police prepare for the gala, Maguire reveals a startling, life-changing decision, surprising O’Brien and Corcoran.
Meanwhile, Marcus Freeman (Ato Essandoh, Damages) prepares Jasper Longfield for his exhibition fight against Irish Jake McGinnis. As the former boxer trains his new protégé, it becomes apparent to Doctor Matthew Freeman that Marcus has his own interests at heart.
Don’t miss an all new episode of acclaimed original series COPPER *** Sunday Sept 16 at 10/9c *** only on BBC America.